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PH2006 - Descriptive Physical Oceanography

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Engineering

This is a descriptive physical oceanography subject suitable for all students studying the marine environment. It provides a descriptive 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. The laboratory sessions cover instruments and methods, culminating in a research project.

Learning Outcomes

  • a familiarisation with the instruments and standard experimental methodology of physical oceanography and experience with data analysis and interpretation using some of the instruments;
  • an integrated introduction to the content, concepts and methods of physical oceanography.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
  • 8 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); quizzes or tests (20%); laboratory (10%); field trip (10%).

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