Course Description

Course Name

Practical and Field Oceanography

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Methods and techniques in field and laboratory ocean science, including research planning and study designs, field sampling and data collection, modelling, scientific writing, and presentation of results. Includes a mid-semester field trip.

Are you looking for hands-on, no-holds-barred experience in oceanographic research? We start with six weeks of lectures and practical experiences looking at the fundamentals of gathering data at sea. We will develop our skills on vessels of different sizes and in the lab. Then, over mid-semester break, we will carry out an intensive field course at Rakiura Stewart Island, where we'll gather data, make measurements and (no doubt) battle the elements. We'll take these data back to the University and learn how to describe, analyse, present and interpret them. A final research report will be the main assessment - no exam in this course.

Learning OutcomesStudents will improve their skills in experimental design, data collection, data analysis and modelling, presentation of results, oral and written communication, critical thinking and teamwork and apply these skills to oceanography.

Textbooks are not required for this course.

*Course content subject to change