TMR4230 - Oceanography


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Semester test 30/100 D
Oral examination 70/100 D

Course content

Properties of seawater. Conservation equations. Equations of motion. Coriolos effect. Geostrophic current. Inertial current. Planetary boundary layer flow. Wind-induced current. Bottom currents. Circulation. Tides. Global and local wind description. Mean wind. Wind gust. Wave forecast. Surface waves. Wave refraction. Non-linear waves. Breaking waves. Wave-current interaction.

Learning outcome

To have a good physical understanding of phenomena contributing to the interaction between the atmosphere and the ocean, and which also contribute to the motions in the ocean. To have detailed knowledge of global and local description of wind conditions, of how waves change due to change in water depth and interacting with currents. To have some knowledge of non-linear and breaking waves. To have detailed knowledge of physical phenomena which contribute to currents in the ocean. To be able to make simple calculations of wind-, wave- and current conditions. To master the concepts and terminology which are used in the description of wind, waves and currents.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises.

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final oral exam (70%) and an oral mid term exam (30%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade.
For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Course materials

Myrhaug, D: Lecture notes on Wind. Waves. Current.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIN1547 7.5
TBA4270 3.7 01.09.2013
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 6
No.of specialization hours: 3

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Marine Technology



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Semester test 30/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral examination 70/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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