Module OSX-2006:
Tides, Waves and Sampling

Module Facts

Run by School of Ocean Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Yueng-Djern Lenn

Overall aims and purpose

This module builds on the introduction to chemical and physical oceanography in the first year module OSX1005 Introducing the Oceans.

The module aims to: 1. explore the methods and approaches of chemical sampling the marine environment, and provide experience and skills in laboratory techniques relevant to an understanding of chemical analysis; 2. explain the physical principles that govern the tides in continental shelf sea and coastal waters; 3. explore the origin of surface waves and explain their transformation and dissipation as they enter shallow coastal waters. 4. develop understanding of how waves and tides may be used to generate marine renewable energy 5. provide experience with MATLAB signal processing of oceanographic data to identify waves and tides.

Course content

Chemical oceanography: The methods associated with measuring primary production and the collection of dissolved, suspended and sinking particulate constituents and sediments will be presented.

Physical oceanography: Topics relating to the tides will be the speed of shallow water waves, the effect of wave reflection and the Earth's rotation, amphidromic systems, tidal friction, and an explanation of the tides around the UK. Topics related to surface waves will be wave generation by wind/storms, the propagation of wave energy in deep and shallow water, wave transformation and refraction in coastal waters, wave diffraction, wave breaking and the classification of breaking waves, breakpoint bars on beaches.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

A basic appreciation of the use, advantages and limitations of sampling methods appropriate to the marine environment. Basic ability to master some simple laboratory techniques associated with the chemical analysis of sea water. Basic understanding of knowledge (subject-specific theories, concepts and principles) of the processes of tidal and wave dynamics based on the taught programme. Basic ability to solve numerical problems using appropriate techniques and to interpret the results.

good

Able to appreciate the use, advantages and limitations of sampling methods appropriate to the marine environment. Able to master some simple laboratory techniques associated with the chemical analysis of sea water. Good understanding of knowledge (subject-specific theories, concepts and principles) of the processes of tidal and wave dynamics based on the taught programme. Good ability to solve numerical problems using appropriate techniques, and to interpret results.

excellent

Considerable appreciation of the use, advantages and limitations of sampling methods appropriate to the marine environment. Considerable ability to master some simple laboratory techniques associated with the chemical analysis of sea water. Thorough understanding of knowledge (subject-specific theories, concepts and principles) of the processes of tidal and wave dynamics based on the taught programme. Thorough ability to define and solve numerical problems using appropriate techniques, and to interpret the results.

Learning outcomes

  1. An appreciation of the chemical sampling methods appropriate to the marine environment and mastery of some simple laboratory techniques associated with the chemical analysis of sea water (learning outcome 1)

  2. An understanding of the way that the real tide works in the oceans and shelf seas, including the effects of reflection off the coast, earth rotation and friction (learning outcome 3)

  3. An understanding of the surface wave generation by wind events, of the principles that govern wave energy propagation, and of the transformation/dissipation of waves in the coastal zone (learning outcome 4)

  4. Skill in using the MATLAB computer programming language to analyse oceanographic data (learning outcome 5)

  5. Introduction to how waves and tides may be used to generate marine renewable energy.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
CLASS TEST Iron oxidation online test HK 7.5
CLASS TEST Sampling online test HK 7.5
COURSEWORK MATLAB: Signal processing pracs 1 & 2 YDL 15
CLASS TEST Tides online test MG 10
CLASS TEST Waves online test SN 10
EXAM Exam 50

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Lecture

12 lectures, duration 1 hour, twice per week

12
Practical classes and workshops

5 practical sessions of 3 hours duration

15
Private study

enter code hereOn-line tests (coursework)

Set texts together with handouts, other recommended reading and internet resources will be integrated into the assessments.

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Transferable skills

  • 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
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • 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
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: