For each class faculty plan and implement a field lab which constitute 20% of a student's grade. For my ocean geography class I planned a tour and briefing a the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), in Southampton. NOC was located only about a mile+ from where our ship was docked.
The day of our visit happened to be an open house day for prospective students. This had both good and bad points-- unfortunately, we were not given the individual attention or "hands on" aspects that I had hoped. But, on the plus side we sat in on some briefings that gave the students a nice overview of what marine science studies were all about, with oceanography, marine biology, marine geology and geophysics being the key components.
|One of NOC's smaller research vessels|
|We were shown a lab with tanks where various experiments were on-going|
|One of the professors giving an overview of the marine biology and oceanography parts of the program|
|Exhibits in the labs|