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PH2009 - Advanced Marine Physics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This is an advanced physical oceanography subject suitable for physics 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 will require calculus based mathematics; 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.

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 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
  • Participation > Class participation - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Lab/Practical report - (20%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: PH1005 AND MA1000


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 25-Aug-2022
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Scott Heron.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 39 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals - Four sessions
  • 1 days 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.