Courses - Faculty of Science


Marine Science

Stage I

MARINE 100
15 Points

MARINE 100G
15 Points

The Oceans Around Us

An interdisciplinary approach to understanding the importance of our oceans as the driver of our climate, source of sustenance, and focus of domestic and international political, economic and legal negotiations. It is framed around physical and biological processes in the ocean which raise questions for ocean management in NZ and internationally, allowing real-world debate about the future of the ocean realm.

Stage II

MARINE 202
15 Points

Principles of Marine Science

An introduction to the physical and biological structure of the oceans, sea floor, coastlines and the biological communities that inhabit them. Subject matter includes an overview of the nature and scope of marine science globally and within the New Zealand and Auckland contexts. A wide coverage of marine science issues are presented with an emphasis on multidisciplinary examples. No formal prerequisite, although an understanding of Stage I level science is assumed.

Stage III

MARINE 302
15 Points

Dynamics of Marine Systems

Fundamental processes in the marine environment with an emphasis on interdisciplinary linkages in the functioning of marine ecosystems. Topics include: the role of fluid dynamics in the lives of marine animals and in shaping the physical marine environment, and interdisciplinary studies of marine ecosystems. No formal prerequisite although an understanding of marine science to the level of MARINE 202 will be assumed.

MARINE 303
15 Points

Freshwater and Estuarine Ecology

The structure, biodiversity and ecology of lakes, streams, wetlands and estuaries and linkages with near-shore marine habitats. Emphasis is placed on the role of science in monitoring and managing these ecosystems. Case studies include the impact of Auckland’s urban sprawl on stream, estuarine and near-shore marine habitats, and local estuaries as nurseries for fish.

Prerequisite: BIOSCI 206, or 104 and 15 points from BIOSCI 205, or 207 or 208 and STATS 101 or 108

Restriction: BIOSCI 330

MARINE 304
15 Points

Directed Study in Marine Science

Independent study on a topic in marine science under the guidance of an individual academic with similar interests to the student, involving the learning of specialist research techniques in a chosen subfield of marine science and the production of a scientific report.

Restriction: MARINE 399

MARINE 399
15 Points

Capstone: Marine Science

A capstone course for those enrolled in the Marine Science major, in which students demonstrate mastery of concepts and skills learnt during their degree through the production and presentation of an independent project developed in conjunction with a mentor from the academic staff.

Restriction: MARINE 304

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

MARINE 701
15 Points

Current Issues in Marine Science

A seminar-based examination of selected current issues in Marine Science. Seminars will be jointly run using a web link between the universities of Auckland, Otago and Victoria. The topics and material will recognise the wide range of undergraduate experience across participants and emphasise the value of cross-disciplinary approaches to Marine Science.

MARINE 702
15 Points

Field Techniques in Marine Science

An advanced course in the development of practical skills in research design, implementation and analysis in Marine Science. Students participate in two field units: a compulsory field unit at the University of Auckland and a choice of either the unit offered by the University of Otago or the unit offered by Victoria University of Wellington. Each course focuses on different themes in Marine Science.

MARINE 703
15 Points

Marine Protected Areas

A review of current science related to MPA, including biogeographical and ecological principles in the design of marine reserve networks, MPA as controls in ecosystem research, conservation of biological diversity, interaction with fisheries, and case studies and experiences involving guest lecturers. Practicals may include visits to Goat Island marine reserve and other locations, and analysis and interpretation of data related to MPA.

Restriction: ENVSCI 726

MARINE 704
15 Points

Special Topic: Science Communication for Marine Scientists

MARINE 705
15 Points

Special Topic

MARINE 780
60 Points

BAdvSci(Hons) Dissertation in Marine Science

MARINE 792
60 Points

MARINE 792X
10 Points

Project in Marine Studies

MARINE 794A
45 Points

MARINE 794B
45 Points

Thesis in Marine Studies

Restriction: MARINE 796

To complete this course students must enrol in MARINE 794 A and B

MARINE 796A
60 Points

MARINE 796B
60 Points

MSc Thesis in Marine Science

To complete this course students must enrol in MARINE 796 A and B

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