General course objectives
To enable the student to design and manage field experiments at sea providing hands on experience with modern ocean technology. Further, to give the student experience in handling the practical problems associated with field work such as safety, logistics, malfunctioning equipment and adverse weather conditions. Finally, to allow the student to perform post processing of the acquired data and present the results in raw form. The course is structured according to CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate) principles including operating with a range of ocean sensors and technologies, cars and boats.
The objective of this course is to provide the student with an overview of aquatic field work that will enable the student to perform top down design of a scientific experiment in the aquatic environment under constraints such as organization, instrument availability, time and cost. The student will work in a group, plan and execute an actual experiment, perform post processing of acquired data and prepare a report documenting the process.
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
- Formulate and design a scientific field experiment.
- Prepare an experimental protocol to ensure data quality
- Prepare an experimental plan to ensure coordination, logistics and safety for personnel and equipment.
- Lead the experiment at sea and keep an experimental log.
- Perform post processing of acquired data and prepare a processing report.
- Prepare an experiment report with a summary of the results.
- Present the results of the experiment orally.
- Project specific learning objective.
The course will include a mandatory safety at sea course