Principles of Oceanographic Instrument Systems (Sensors and Measurements) OpenCourseWare: A Free Online Grad-Level Course by MIT

Published Jan 26, 2009

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Students taking part in MIT's 'Principles of Oceanographic Instrument Systems:Sensors and Measurements' free OpenCourseWare will learn about the theory and design of various oceanographic sensor systems. Specific topics related to the design of oceanographic sensor systems covered in class include salinity, heat flow, pressure and temperature. A background in mechanical engineering is required for the successful completion of this course.

Principles of Oceanographic Instrument Systems (Sensors and Measurements): Course Specifics

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Principles of Oceanographic Instrument Systems (Sensors and Measurements): Course Description

'Principles of Oceanographic Instrument Systems: Sensors and Measurements' is taught by Professors Albert J. Williams and James D. Irish and aimed at students with an interest in the design of oceanographic instrument systems. There are four objectives outlined in the class schedule. The first objective is that students will understand how to correctly make measurements in the ocean. Secondly, the course will provide an introduction to current oceanographic instrumentation. Thirdly, students will understand various sampling strategies related to environmental and scientific monitoring programs. By the end of the course, students will have developed an appreciation for the presentation and analysis of laboratory results. Course topics include transducers, filters, circuit construction and sea water properties. Students will complete problem sets, conduct labs and read assigned texts. This course was originally taught in the spring of 2004 as a combination lecture and lab class.

Readings, lab notes and problem sets are available for free online download. If you are interested in taking this course, please visit the principles of oceanographic instrument systems course page.

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