Oceanography (OFF505)

The course is aimed at students who want to apply their engineering education to the field of oceanography.

Course description for study year 2024-2025


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Introduction to waves: small-amplitude, linear wave theory, standing and propagating waves, transformation in shallow water, generation by wind and specification of a random sea, long waves with rotation, and internal waves. Introduction to tides: description of tides, tidal generation forces, equilibrium tide, and tidal analysis.

Properties of seawater. Conservation equations. Equations of motion. Coriolis effect. Geostrophic current. Inertial current. Planetary boundary layer flow. Wind-induced current. Bottom currents. Circulation flows. 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

  1. 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.
  2. To have detailed knowledge of the global and local description of wind conditions, of how waves change due to change in water depth and interacting with currents.
  3. To have knowledge of non-linear and breaking waves.
  4. To have detailed knowledge of physical phenomena which contribute to currents in the ocean.
  5. 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.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 3 Hours Letter grades Approved, basic calculator

Written exam on paper.

Coursework requirements

Homework exercises
80 % of the assignments and exercises must be approved in order to get access to the exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher:

Marek Jan Janocha

Course teacher:

Guang Yin

Course coordinator:

Lin Li

Course teacher:

Muk Chen Ong

Head of Department:

Mona Wetrhus Minde

Method of work

Lectures and exercises.

Open for

Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
Structural and Mechanical Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Marine and Offshore Technology - Master of Science Degree Programme
Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto