SEA4001W - Ocean & Atmosphere Science Honours
160 credits at NQF level 8
A BSc degree with a major/specialisation in Ocean & Atmosphere Science or in a related discipline. CEM1000W or equivalent is a prerequisite. Acceptance will be at the discretion of the Head of Department who will consider quality of final year results, material covered in the undergraduate curriculum, and possibly referee reports. Preference may be given to UCT graduates who meet the course entry requirements.
Honours students intending careers in ocean and atmosphere science will complete a full set of modules and a research project. Honours students from Environmental & Geographical Science, Applied Mathematics, and other physical science and engineering departments, are encouraged to attend selected modules. The curriculum includes lecture-tutorials, seminars and practical work in advanced oceanography, meteorology and climate, an introduction to modelling and data analysis. Practical work includes fieldwork at sea and may include dive training (class 4 diving qualification, at the students own cost if they choose to do the dive course). Student performance in each module may be assessed by project work, seminar presentations, written assignments and examinations, together making up 65% of the final mark. In the second half of the year the research project will take priority. Students will be expected to present a seminar on their projects at the year’s end.