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Not called the ‘Blue Planet’ for nothing – the surface of the Earth is largely covered by water. Land – the bit we live on – only represents about 30%, and the oceans contain more than 96% of all the water on Earth.
The biggest living mammal known to man – the Blue Whale – and some of the smallest organisms (plankton) live in the oceans.
Despite our technological advances, we still know almost nothing about the deepest parts of our watery planet. Largely because it is an alien environment that man cannot easily explore.
We can dive with body mounted equipment with relative ease and safety down to about 50 m. Using specially designed underwater vehicles we can send equipment and cameras down a long way.
But it’s so cold and dark, and the pressure so incredibly high (it would squash a nuclear submarine flat), that man will not get to the bottom in the foreseeable future.
The deepest part of the ocean is called the Challenger Deep, in the Pacific Ocean at the end of the Marianas Trench. At over 36,200 feet (11,128 metres) it could swallow our highest mountain (Everest) with more than a mile (7171 feet/2,206 m) to the surface left above it.
Marine biology is concerned with the study of all the flora and fauna that lives in this incredibly diverse but hostile environment. You will learn about the various “zones” and how they affect all aspects of our lives. The weather is the biggest influence on where we live and how we survive – it’s driven almost entirely by what happens in the ocean.
If you want to really understand the biggest and least controllable influence on the human race, this course is a great place to start. Enrol today.
Who is this course for?
If you're fascinated by the sea and the life in it, this course will give you a great grounding in the ocean environment. The sea is the last great unexplored environment on planet Earth, and we still don't fully understand it. Explore from the safety of your lounge, office or bedroom. Gain some real knowledge without getting wet.
Upon completion, graduates will receive a diploma from Cambridge Open College. In addition, graduates will also be awarded with a certificate that is endorsed by Focus Awards. Focus Awards only endorse courses that meet and exceed their stringent quality requirements
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Would this be seen as an academic qualification please? Thanks Donna
Hello Donna, no, this particular course is designed for those simply looking to better understand marine biology.This was helpful. Thank you for your feedback.
Does this lead to a recognised qualification if I want to take my career further
Hello Daisy, No, this course leads to a certificate of achievement from Focus Awards. This particular course is designed for those who simply want to gain a better understanding of marine biology, rather than as a career progression route.This was helpful. Thank you for your feedback.
rebecca-louise savage asked:
can you please send more information about this course please, and what about what I can get out of the end?
Hello Rebecca-Louise, The course modules are: Module 1 - Ocean formation Module 2 - The Ocean as a Habitat Module 3 - Biological Evolution in the Oceans Module 4 - Food Webs in the Oceans Module 5 - Adaptations to Life in the Ocean Module 6 - The Human Impact on the Sea Upon completion you would receive a certificate of achievement from Focus Awards.This was helpful. Thank you for your feedback.
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