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SLE104 - The Blue Planet: Water and Life

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Warrnambool
Trimester 3: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


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Unit chair:

Alex Rattray (Trimester 2), Daniel Ierodiaconou (Trimester 3)




SLE010 and must be enrolled in S399

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

2 hours of classes per week, 4 x 1.5 hour seminars per trimester, 4 x 3 hour practicals (or equivalent) per trimester.


In SLE104 students will explore the distribution of water on earth; the physical structure of the world’s oceans and processes governing ocean currents, waves and tides; the nature of light and sound propagation in water, the ecological importance of these energy forms. Students will learn various techniques to survey the marine environment; density, viscosity buoyancy and stratification; weather, oceans and climate; coastal processes of erosion and marine deposition. Hydrological physical and chemical processes are explored in various aquatic environments, through which students will gain appropriate skills in aquatic science field and laboratory measurement techniques to connect theory with practice.


Literature review 20%, scientific report 30%, 2 x in-class tests 20% and examination 30%

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