Methods of data acquisition, study and analysis required in solving oceanographic problems. Includes a field school held during the mid-term break. A fee is to be paid by January 31.
To learn about field methods in the major branches of oceanography
To gain practical experience in carrying out field observations
To develop and carry out a research project involving:
Writing a research proposal
Planning a field program
Obtaining field measurements to address the question proposed
Analyzing the field measurements
Presenting results orally at a 'conference'
Presenting the results in the form of a journal-style article
Funding and sampling programs
Ships and fieldwork logistics
**Note: Lectures take place during the first half of term only.
The class is based around the idea of gathering and scientifically analyzing field data, and usually involves a field trip. In the past few years we have spent a week at Bamfield Marine Station during the spring break. Part-way through this trip students present a research proposal, after which they gather field data. Analysis is usually completed at UBC before the end of term.