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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonUndergraduate study

Teaching methods

We employ a wide range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Ecology seminar
Ecology seminar

Lectures are an effective method of passing on knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject and, via directed reading lists, act as a springboard for independent study.

Seminars and tutorials (in small groups of six to 10 students) cover basic study, organisational skills and competencies and will introduce important protocols, methodologies and themes in your degree subject area. They also provide a key forum for developing your confidence as well as written and verbal communication skills. These sessions also provide the opportunity for in-depth discussions of topical subject matter, as well as more general issues.

As befits ongoing development in our degrees, the acquisition of statistical, laboratory and computational skills forms an important component of the undergraduate course. You will develop advanced skills in word-processing, compilation of reference materials, data analysis and spreadsheet and computer graphics.

Laboratory practicals will introduce experimental as well as specialist instrument or microscope focused skills. These transferable skills are vital to your career development.

Furthermore, residential fieldwork based in both the UK and overseas is undertaken by all students, together with one-day field courses associated with particular modules.

Lecture at NOCS
Lecture at NOCS
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