Have you ever wondered about the diversity of marine biota in our oceans? Do you know what a nudibranch is? Or how a kelp forest functions? Did you realise that the ocean ‘pumps’ carbon? Are you interested in how marine systems; from coral reefs to Antarctic ecosystems are managed?
This course will introduce you to the fascinating world of our oceans. You will learn about marine life and key features of the ocean system. You will also explore some of the stressors on marine systems caused by human activity. Finally, this course will cover how society might sensibly approach managing those threats into the future.
What will I learn?
How life has evolved in the sea
How marine food webs are structured
How some particularly interesting ecosystems function such as kelp forests, the Antarctic ocean, and the deep sea
What oceanographers do and some of the technologies they use
What drives plant growth and thus ecosystem productivity in the oceans
The role of the ocean in shaping and regulating our climate
How plate tectonics shape the ocean basins and influence current patterns
Consequences of climate change for ocean processes and marine biota
How fishing and other human pressures affect ocean systems
How seafood is likely to be an important food source in the future
How we monitor and manage marine ecosystems
Where could this lead me?
If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.
Oceanographer or other marine scientist
Fisheries scientist or other marine biologist
MODULE 1: MARINE LIFE
MODULE 2: THE OCEAN SYSTEM
MODULE 3: CLIMATE CHANGE AND MULTIPLE STRESSORS
MODULE 4: STEWARDSHIP OF THE OCEANS
Professor Craig Johnson and Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.
Karla Cabreracompleted this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Definitely a great course! The difficulty is moderate and if you want to know more about the oceans and its habitat, you would find this course very interesting. I learn many things in this course and as an wildlife scientist I actually became tempted to change of career. Marine and Antarctic Science's course is very recommended!
Tiffany Kleinhanscompleted this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Because the course is self-paced, you can spend as little or as much time per week on it as you can spare, finishing it on your own schedule. I did it in two weeks. It is a good introduction to the topic, and also covers more than I might have expected from an intro-level course, meaning there is some challenge and depth involved as well. Because it's self-paced, the level of interaction is a bit lower, since people go along as they please, but the flexibility really does make up for it, and the level of the instruction is truly top-notch and highly engaging.