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The College of Management Science

BCM Unifaculty London WC1N 3XX United Kingdom

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The College of Management Science provides distance learning courses online by direct learning enabling you to train at home in a range of subjects without disrupting your work or family life. The College is an open learning college allowing you to obtain credits for prior learning when appropriate and to maximize your course achievements. The College's courses are registered with the Course Providers Accreditation Scheme and the National Learning Directory. Graduating with the College may enable you to gain entry to a professional or academic body in your field of interest. The syllabuses shown on this site are the college’s most popular courses. We do offer other courses. If you do not see the courses in which you are interested, please email us at college@unifaculty.com and we will endeavour to meet your requirements.

Oceanography Diploma


Oceanography [Dip.Sc.]. Two thirds of our planet is covered by the oceans. Recent research shows the importance of the oceans to our better understanding of the planet. The college’s diploma course covers the waters of the oceans, density and density flows, ocean waves, the tides, stratification and fronts in shelf seas, the biology of the oceans, ocean food webs, the biology at the ocean extremes, changing oceans and sampling oceans.
Your student pack includes the necessary text together with a student guide and study assistance. In addition to the material, one-to-one help is available throughout the course by email.

Part I The Waters of the Oceans

 Salinity and temperature of ocean water
 Water masses and mixing
 Deep circulation of the ocean

Part II Density and Density Flows

 Archimedes’ principle
 The density of water
 Sigma-t on temperature salinity diagrams
 Layering of water
 Density currents
 Density and pressure

Part III Ocean Waves

 Making waves
 Energy in waves
 Wave propagation
 Waves near the shore

Part IV Flow in the Oceans

 Making ocean water flow
 Observing ocean currents
 The continuity principle
 The Coriolis effect

Part V The Tides

 How the tide is formed
 Observing the tide
 The tide as a wave
 Co-tidal charts
 Standing waves
 Amphidromic systems
 Predicting tides
 Tidal streams and tidal energy

Part VI Stratification and Fronts in Shelf Seas

 The seasonal thermocline
 Stability and mixing in the thermocline
 The thickness of the surface mixed layer
 Tidal mixing fronts
 Dynamics of tidal mixing fronts

Part VII Light in the Oceans

 Other ways to measure water transparency
 The colour of the sea

Part VIII Biology of the Oceans

 Zones of life in the oceans
 Life in the pelagic zone
 Fento- and picoplankton
 Nano- and microplankton
 Meso- and macroplankton
 Living and sinking in a viscous medium

Part IX Chemistry of the Oceans

 Salty water
 What does ‘dissolved’ mean?
 Gases in seawater
 Nutrients in seawater
 interconnected oceans

Part X Primary Production in the Oceans

 Photosynthesis and respiration
 Phytoplankton growth
 Photosynthesis and light
 Photosynthesis and growth
 Nutrients limiting phytoplankton growth
 Primary production on a global scale

Part XI Ocean Food Webs

 Growth and food chain efficiency
 What happens to the phytoplankton
 Fuelling the deep sea

Part XII Biology at Ocean Extremes

 Frozen oceans
 Deep sea

Part XIII Changing Oceans

 Global climate change
 Ocean acidification

Part XIV Sampling the Oceans

 Research vessels
 Measuring water column structure
 Measuring water flow
 Satellite remote sensing
 Sampling difficult places to reach
 Sampling the biology
 The long term

The course fee is £325 [325GBP] which may be paid in full on enrolment or spread over 8 months at £45 per month. To enrol please visit

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