Module Identifier EA21510  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Alex Maltman  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Charles Bendall, Dr Robert J Whittington  
Course delivery Lecture   30 Hours Up to 10 x 3 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written examination, with the title of the essay on the ODP component, worth 25%, announced in advance.100%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours  100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of :-


An introduction to Oceanography. The methods and techniques used in marine geological investigations and the processes and products of marine sedimentation.

Topics to be addressed:

An introduction to Oceanography
Overview of oceanography. Open University Video

Techniques in Marine Geology
Marine Navigation; GPS. Research Vessels
Seabed and subseabed sampling; dredge and core sampling; divers; ROVs; submersibles; boreholes.
Satellite bathymetry. Single beam echo sounding. Swath bathymetry
Side Scan Sonar; basic physics of method; distortions; shelf surveying; GLORIA and TOBI surveying of the deep ocean.
Seismic reflection; basic physics of methods; analogue single channel reflection profiles; multi-channel digital reflection profiles.

The Ocean Drilling Programme (ODP)
Marine and laboratory techniques; evolution and range of the project; case studies on convergent plate margins.

Continental Shelves, Ocean basins, Tectonics and Sedimentation
Plate tectonics and the oceans; climate, waves, tides and ocean currents. Shallow marine siliciclastic sedimentation. Shallow marine carbonate sedimtation. Deep water sedimentation, turbidites and oozes.

Video linked into separate lecture courses above.
Waves   Open University Video
Currents   Open University Video
Oceans and Climate   Open University Video
Global Sea Level   Open University Video
The Ocean Floor   Open University Video
Rockall   Open University Video
Jamaica and the Sea   Open University Video
Polar Science   Open University and other videos
Marine Minerals   Other videos
Deep Marine Life   Other videos


The scope and range of Oceanography. The variety of methods and techniques used in the investigation of the marine geological environment. The processes and products of marine sedimentation from continental shelves to the deep oceans including biological and bacterial influences.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Kershaw, S. (2000) Oceanography: An Earth Science Perspective Stanley Thornes Publishing 07487 54423
** Supplementary Text
(1991) Waves, Tides and Shallow Water processes. Open University. 008036371-7
The Ocean Basins: Their Structure and Evolution. Open University. 008036365-2
Summerhayes, G.P. and Thorpe, S.A. (eds) (1996) Oceanography : An illustrated guide. Manson Publishing. 1-874545-37-5

Web Page/Sites
** Consult For Futher Information
Proposed European contribution to ocean drilling is summarised at:-
Latest information on the ODP is at:-
Logging aspects are covered at:-
Future ocean drilling plans are outlined at:-


This module is at CQFW Level 5