SLE108 - Ocean Processes


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Warrnambool, 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 online class per week, 2 x 1 hour seminars per trimester (weeks 2 and 4), 3 x 3 hour practicals per trimester (weeks 3, 5 and 7), 1 x full day fieldtrip (Deakin University Queenscliff Marine Science Centre).


Students enrolled at Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus will have fieldtrips and practicals conducted from the Deakin University Queenscliff Marine Science Centre.??? Students enrolled at Warrnambool Campus will have fieldtrips and practicals conducted from the Warrnambool Campus. 


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 marine provinces and sediments, ocean structure and chemistry, circulation, tides, currents, and waves. We will also look at the processes that shape our coastlines and how estuaries are an important link between freshwater and marine environments. 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. Assessments will use the fundamental knowledge gained to apply to real-world ocean experiences. For example, this unit seeks to understand the physics behind surfing and assessing the perfect wave.

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