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PH2006 - Marine Physics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This is a physical oceanography subject suitable for all students studying the marine environment. It provides an overview of the physical properties of the oceans of the world but has a special focus on the physical conditions of Australian coastal oceanography. This includes temperature and salinity signatures of water types; water, salt and heat budgets of the oceans; surface properties; and circulation of the oceans. This subject does not require calculus based mathematics but considerable use of algebra will be developed with the students. It is a quantitative subject. The laboratory sessions cover instruments and methods. A one day field trip to carry out measurement of physical parameters of hydrodynamics will be organized. This year we will be measuring the salinity in Cleveland Bay from the University research vessel R.V. James Kirby

Learning Outcomes

  • solve mathematical and numerical problems related to the content, concepts and methods of physical oceanography;
  • integrate data measurements from an oceanographic field trip around Cleveland Bay using instruments and standard experimental methodology;
  • present measurements using graphical and mathematical methodology, with concern for experimental uncertainty.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Practicals and reports 15%; Field trips and report 10%; and Class participation 5% - (30%) - Individual.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Scott Heron.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours workshops
  • 8 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.