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GEOS2915: Oceans, Coasts and Climate Change (Adv)

2024 unit information

This unit has the same objectives as GEOS2115 and is suitable for students who wish to pursue aspects of the subject in greater depth. Entry is restricted and selection is made from the applicants on the basis of their performance to date. Students who elect to take this unit will participate in alternatives to some aspects of the standard unit and will be required to pursue independent work to meet unit objectives.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Geosciences Academic Operations

Code GEOS2915
Academic unit Geosciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
A mark of 75 or above in GEOL1501 or GEOS1902 or GEOS1X01 or GEOS1X03 or BIOL1XXX or ENVI1003
Assumed knowledge:
GEOG1001 or GEOL1001 or GEOL1002 or GEOS1003 or GEOS1903 or ENVI1002 or GEOL1902 or GEOL1501

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the characteristics of the ocean basins, plate boundaries and continental margins
  • LO2. differentiate between typical rock associations from different marine settings
  • LO3. synthesise sedimentary core data in a paleo-oceanographic context
  • LO4. understand the basic components of Earth’s climate system and implications of future model projections
  • LO5. understand the long-term cycle governing the growth and destruction of ocean basins, and how it relates to long-term climate change
  • LO6. understand the competing influences on sea level change at different time-scales
  • LO7. use GIS-type applications
  • LO8. understand what drives coral reef growth and demise
  • LO9. understand coastal processes
  • LO10. understand climate cycles and their drivers at different time scales
  • LO11. Understand the greenhouse effect and its impact on Earth’s energy budget
  • LO12. Understand the ocean’s role in transient climate change
  • LO13. Understand major climate feedback processes
  • LO14. Understand the ocean’s general circulation
  • LO15. Understand the impacts of climate change on regional scales

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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