SLE345 - Oceanography


2023 unit information

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

SLE108 and SLE240

From 2024: SLE108, SLE240 and SLE245



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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 1 x 1 hour online class per week, 4 x 3 hour practicals per trimester, 1 x full day field trip (practicals and field trip 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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