MARINE 702 : Field Techniques in Marine Science


2021 Semester One (1213) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

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.

Course Overview

This is a post graduate field based course to provide the students with two physical aspects of marine science, underwater acoustics and biological oceanography.  Students will attend a field course at the Leigh Marine Laboratory, where they will spend 2.5 days working on each of the two aspects.  The course emphasizes the coupling between the physical and biological aspects of marine science and how they go hand in hand.  No special preparation is required though a BSc-level knowledge of science and general interest in marine science is assumed.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Understand and describe the basic underwater acoustic principles (Capability 1)
  2. Analyse various acoustic datasets and produce an individual report describing the results (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 6)
  3. Present your results from the from the two field course components to the field course participants (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 6)
  4. Describe how temperature, salinity, density, and light (attenuation, Secchi depth, etc.) vary in the marine environment (vertical and horizontal distribution, drivers, temporal scales, seasonal cycles) (Capability 1 and 4)
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of how to place the results generated by the field course in the wider literature (Capability 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Report one 40% Individual Coursework
Presentation one 10% Individual Coursework
Report Two 40% Individual Coursework
Presentation Two 10% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Report one
Presentation one
Report Two
Presentation Two

Key Topics

1. Understand the basics of underwater acoustics and analysis

2. Introduces the students to different ways to characterize the marine environment in terms of temperature, salinity and light. 

Special Requirements


Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 40 hours on the field course, 20 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 70 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at  the scheduled field trip to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. 
The course will not include live online events.

Learning Resources

Field course material will be provided at the time

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

Covid Level 1: Delivered normally as specified in delivery mode

Level 2/3/4: All teaching activities and assessments are delivered online

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 21/06/2021 02:25 p.m.