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Marine and Antarctic Science

 with  Professor Craig Johnson and Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas
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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
  • Ecotourism
  • Public policy
  • Marine manager

Syllabus

MODULE 1: MARINE LIFE
   
MODULE 2: THE OCEAN SYSTEM
   
MODULE 3: CLIMATE CHANGE AND MULTIPLE STRESSORS
   
MODULE 4: STEWARDSHIP OF THE OCEANS
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Cost Free Online Course
Pace Self Paced
Provider Open2Study
Language English
Calendar 4 weeks long
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2 years ago
Karla Cabrera completed 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!
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Keith Okan completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Excellent course! The professors were unpretentious and engaging. There was a good flow to the material. I thought that the assessments were just right. I learned more than I expected.
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Suzan Hann is taking this course right now.
Very interesting, would recommend to others if you want to learn more about the oceans and how climate change is harming the oceans and it's habitat.
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Fabienne completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
Excellent course, extremely interesting, much denser than I expected. Great teachers, excellent pedagogy, thank you very, I learned a lot.
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Lynn completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
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