Key Concepts and Techniques
Run by School of Ocean Sciences
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Prof Mattias Green
Overall aims and purpose
This module is run at the start of the MSc courses in Physical Oceanography, Marine Renewables, and Applied Marine Geosciences and provides students with some of the key skills they will need for their Masters course and their project work. These skills include mathematics for scientists, MATLAB programming, oceanographic data analysis and an introduction to fundamental oceanography and sediment processes. The course is made up of a set of targeted lectures which will provide guidance on practical exercises to be completed by the class.
This course introduces some of the underpinning techniques and concepts of marine science Topics covered include:
MATLAB computer programming
Oceanographic data analysis
Sediment transport processes
The course is taught through lectures, computer practicals and exercises
50 - 59% Complete all practical assignments, deriving some sort of an answer in each case
60 - 69% Threshold plus correct assignment work and ability to answer numerical questions logically
70%+ Good plus the ability to solve problems without being led, and evidence of further reading.
Demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical methods used in marine sciences.
Be able to write computer programs.
Appreciate how to analyse common oceanographic data, including sea level and currents.
Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental oceanographic processes, including sediment transport.
|COURSEWORK||Mathematical problem sheet (MG-DH)||25|
|COURSEWORK||MATLAB computing programming (MG)||40|
|COURSEWORK||Oceanography problem sheet (TPR)||15|
|ORAL||In class presentation (JHB)||20|
|COURSEWORK||PO Maths problem sheet||45|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
|Practical classes and workshops||12|
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team