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Atmosphere Ocean Interaction and Climate (ATOC90005)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeATOC90005
Summer Term
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This course aims to introduce the student to processes of atmosphere-ocean interaction, their importance in the climate system and its variability, with a particular emphasis on tropical meteorology. Specific topics will include: wind and buoyancy driven ocean circulation, atmospheric convection, atmospheric and oceanic wave phenomena, SST and atmospheric circulation, El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO), decadal to centennial scale variability and large scale modelling.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students will be able to:

  • explain fundamental processes of atmosphere-ocean interaction;
  • describe the importance of these processes in the climate system and its variability, with a particular emphasis on tropical meteorology;
  • review and synthesise the current literature, making judgements in cases of conflicting hypotheses.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students will have gained experience in:

  • developing the ability to exercise critical judgement;
  • rigorous and independent thinking;
  • adopting a problem-solving approach to new or unfamiliar tasks;
  • high-level written report presentation skills;
  • oral communication and presentation skills.

Eligibility and requirements


The following subject, or equivalent (can be taken concurrently).

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ATOC30004 Dynamical Meteorology and Oceanography
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

Three practical exercises totalling not more than 2000 words (30%), a critical review of a journal article not exceeding 1,000 words with a 15 minute class presentation (60%) and participation (10%). Assessment of practical work is due within two weeks of the completion of intensive lecture modules; assignment work is due within six weeks.

Dates & times

  • Summer Term
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursFifty hours comprising two weeks of workshop-style lecture and practical activities 10.00am - 4.00pm daily, with breaks as appropriate to conduct exercises and project work.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Pre teaching start date 4 February 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsStudents will be required to complete readings in the pre-teaching period.
    Teaching period11 February 2019 to 22 February 2019
    Last self-enrol date 5 February 2019
    Census date15 February 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 February 2019
    Assessment period ends 8 March 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

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  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 3 April 2019