SLE108 - Ocean Processes


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

2 x 1 hour classes per week, 3 x 1 hour seminar per trimester (weeks 2, 4 and 9), 3 x 3 hour practicals (weeks 3, 5 and 7), 1 x full day fieldtrip (Deakin University Queenscliff Marine Science Centre)


Practical activities for students enrolled at the Waurn Ponds (Geelong) campus will be conducted at the Deakin University Queenscliff Marine Science Centre.


In this unit, students will learn about the physical, chemical, and biological process of oceans and coasts. This includes an understanding of the distribution and key characteristics of the world’s major oceans and seas. Other fundamental topics covered in this unit include the physico-chemical environment,  (e.g. electrical conductivity, buoyancy, viscosity, mixing processes and stratification), geomorphology, generation of tides, currents,  and waves, shoreline disturbances and the importance of environmental gradients (e.g. changes in light and pressure with depth and changes in salinity along an estuarine gradient). These fundamental topics will then be applied to better understand how biological processes operate in the ocean. The unit will also cover human impacts on the global ocean such as climate change and marine pollution. The importance of these fundamental topics and concepts are then related to the biology and ecology of marine biota. Examples include an understanding of conditions that lead to the perfect wave, relationship between electrical conductivity of seawater and propagation of electricity generated by electric eels and rays and the propagation of sound in water and its applications for SONAR and communication among marine animals.

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