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Advanced Diploma: Marine Science

img btech marineAdmission into the Advanced Diploma: Marine Science programme, requires a Diploma in Marine Science (or an equivalent) and an average of 60 % for subjects at NQF level 6 or higher.

This qualification intends to generally empower learners to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to operate confidently in the workplace, and specifically to equip the graduates with the requisite levels of theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical proficiency needed to establish a successful career in the marine and related industries/sectors.

Graduates of this qualification will be skilled with competencies in marine science and technology and will be able to apply this knowledge in related technical fields as well as in the management of marine and coastal resources.

The Advanced Diploma course is offered full time in one year, or part-time across two years. The course consists of six subjects, including a mini research project. Coursework is split across four blocks, with each block consisting of two weeks of lectures.

Subjects

Research Methodology

Research Methodology introduces students to the philosophy of scientific research; ensures that students are familiar with, and competent in, the research process, the scientific method, and the most commonly-used biostatistics. The student is expected to have sufficient background to explore and apply further biostatistics that may be necessary and appropriate for a specific study.

Marine Research Techniques

Marine Research Techniques aims to introduce students to sampling design, research techniques and laboratory instruments relevant to marine research. Students will also be introduced to laboratory and field health and safety regulations. Students will be introduced to the planning and execution of field research projects across the marine science sector.

Marine Biology 4

Marine Biology 4 consists of four different components. Students will be exposed to varying aspects of Marine Biology including behavioural ecology along rocky shores, genetics at a basic level, ecophysiology as well as marine invasion biology and the status in South Africa. This will ensure that students are exposed to a broad array of knowledge across the field of marine biology both from a theoretical and applied perspective.

Coastal and Marine Management

This subject will provide students with an integrated approach to dealing with problems in the management of marine resources. The subject will examine coastal zone management in the form of Marine Protected Areas (MPA). The management of marine resources will not only be confined to the coastal zone. The subject will also examine participatory techniques and stakeholder analysis so that managers are able to better deal with communities involved with marine resources.

Marine Science 4

Marine Science 4 will expose students to the use and interpretation of marine charts. Students will also become familiar with the tools and applications within operational oceanography. In addition, topics such as physics and chemistry of atmosphere/ ocean interactions, and the impacts of global change as well as various aspects of the Southern Ocean and South Africa’s link to the Southern Ocean will be covered.

Marine Technology

Four modules will be covered during this course including Marine engineering, Marine and coastal instrumentation, Marine data management using technology and Modelling.