SLE345 - Oceanography


2024 unit information

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

SLE108, SLE240 and one of: SLE245 or SLE304



Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1 hour online lecture per week, 2 x 3 hour practical experience (field trip) per trimester, 1 x 3 hour practical experience (laboratory) per trimester, 1 x 3 hour practical experience (computer practical) per trimester, 1 x full day practical experience (field trip).

Practical experiences are held at the Deakin University Queenscliff Marine Science Centre.


The ocean covers over 70% of the Earth's surface and is fundamentally important to human wellbeing (food, cultural, economic, and biodiversity benefits). Despite the local to global importance, the marine environment faces significant threats, including over fishing, pollution (e.g., nutrients, plastics), and climate change. To better manage and protect our ocean-based ecosystem services, we need a more robust understanding of how oceans work, as well as the interdependence on marine life. This course will provide you with a clear foundation in physical and biological oceanography (past and present), and an understanding of the impact these dynamics have on marine biology and ecology. You will explore the atmospheric-ocean coupling and the implications for humans and marine life and gain experience with different data-collection platforms (satellites, drones, buoys, ship-board sensors). Specific topics include: global ocean dynamics, biogeochemistry, ocean physics and circulation, waves and tides, plankton, biological adaptations, coasts, and human impacts and change. The unit will progress through class-based learning activities, practical laboratory exercises and field-based data collection. Finally, students will further develop quantitative skills in acquiring and analysing oceanographic data.

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