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SOEE2110 Introductory Oceanography

10 creditsClass Size: 110

Module manager: Dr Tracy Aze

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces


This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Introducing the 70% of the Earth's surface not covered by other courses! Study the biology, physics, chemistry and geology of the ocean.Oceanic processes which will be covered include:- the properties and circulation of sea-water; - the shape and depth of the sea-floor, the deposits and resources found on the sea bed. You will also study the oceans as an environment for life including water chemistry, food chains including the unique hydrothermal vent ecosystems, fishing and finally see how man is changing the oceans. This module is taught in semester 1 through lectures and is assessed by two coursework essays with a 1000-word limit each.


To provide details of the geological and chemical processes and products of seas and oceans.


- The nature of the sea-floor, its deposits and resources
- The hydrologic cycle; properties and circulation of sea-water
- Oceanic environments; marine food chains
- Pollution
- Hydrothermal processes
- Marine geology.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Practice exam papers available on VLE

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1000 words50.00
Essay1000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The re-sit will be a coursework essay 2000 words in length

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:25:47


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