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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE2110 Introductory Oceanography

10 creditsClass Size: 110

Module manager: Simon Poulton

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

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 coral reefs, mangrove forests, giant kelp forests and the changing Arctic ocean and finally see how humans are changing the oceans. This module is taught in semester 1 through lectures and is assessed by two 1,000 word essays.


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


- Marine geology and the nature of the sea floor
- Properties of sea water and the hydrological cycle
- Marine environments and ecosystems
- Pollution and climate change impacts

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

In-class Q&A sessions

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,000 word essay.50.00
Essay1.000 word essay50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)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: 17/01/2024


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