2022-2023 / OCEA0091-1

Methodological approach to oceanography practice


30h Mon. WS

Number of credits

 Master in oceanography (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Aida Alvera Azcarate, Sylvie Gobert


Aida Alvera Azcarate

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

During the first year of Master, the students are invited to take part in a training course of ground during 2 weeks. This training course is organized at the Research station Underwater and Oceanographical STARESO (Calvi-Corsica).

Practical work of a series of matters given during the year (i.e. marine ecology, physical oceanography, data processing, biological oceanography, chemical oceanography...) is completed during this training course.

The program of the training course is based on the study of a particular phenomenon (i.e. variation in the vertical structure of the water column). This phenomenon will be approached by the means of the various disciplines of oceanography (physical, chemistry, biology...) in 4 stages.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Develop ability to collect, analyse and interpret oceanographic data, both from empirical studies and analysis of literature
Develop effective written and oral communications skills through writing reports and delivering seminars
Of course: Work constructively both independently and collaboratively and communicate effectively about Oceanography (issues and ideas) using language that can be understood by the public and scientists.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Having followed all the theory courses in subjects covered during the placement.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods


Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings

All the summaries: general presentation of the site, techniques and material used, biocenoses, ... are available on Powerpoint.

Assessment methods and criteria

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

Students will be individually assessed on their participation during the placement. A written report, carried out in a group, is also graded.ritique

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

It is not compulsory for students to be able to dive in order to participate in this placement, BUT in order to take part in the sampling carried out using scuba equipment, students absolutely must have a single-star certificate (or the equivalent), a medical fitness certificate and adequate insurance.


Prof Sylvie Gobert Océanologie Institut de Chimie. B6c-2/49 Tél: 04 3663329 e-mail:sylvie.gobert@ulg.ac.be 
Dr Aida Alvera Azcarate:a.alvera@uliege.be AGO-GHER. B5a, 2/56; Tél: 04 3663664
Secretariat M Lunetta: 04 366 50 62
http://labos.ulg.ac.be/oceanologie/ http://www.stareso.ulg.ac.be/ https://www.facebook.com/oceanbioulg/

  • Meeting with my secretary: Mrs Mariella Lunetta is in her office  (B6C, room 1/21 , Sart Tilman) the Tuesday from 8:30 -10:30 am and the Thursday from 13:30-15:00.
  • Meeting with me: I will make time available during and directly after the classes for your questions. I rarely can be available for unscheduled meeting. To make appointment , call 04 366 50 62 (Mrs Lunetta) or send an email: M.Lunetta@uliege.be. 
  • My malbox is in the room 2/48 (S Gobert), in the corridor, second floor B5c (A Alvera).
  • We ask for your co-operation with these regulations.

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