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5.2 Master of Applied Ocean Technology

The Degree of Master of Applied Ocean Technology (Ocean Mapping) is an applied and technical program offered by the School of Ocean Technology, at the Fisheries and Marine Institute. The Master of Applied Ocean Technology is offered, at present, in Ocean Mapping. This program is for students who aim to pursue a career in ocean mapping, and includes specialized skills training that will empower students to conduct industry-ready tasks and applied research in any aspect of ocean mapping.

These regulations must be read in conjunction with the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

5.2.1 Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is on a limited and competitive basis

  1. To be considered for admission to the program an applicant will normally possess a relevant second class or better undergraduate degree in the areas of science, technology, engineering or equivalent, both in achievement and depth of study, from an institution recognized by the Senate.

  2. Any other applicant may be considered for admission provided that:

    1. The applicant has completed a second-class or equivalent undergraduate degree from an institution recognized by the Senate;

    2. The applicant demonstrates a satisfactory level of knowledge of math and science through undergraduate or graduate course work; and

    3. The applicant demonstrates in a statement of interest, a commitment and passion for ocean mapping and related technology through combined efforts of prior technical training in a relevant ocean technology field and employment or experience in field schools, research programs, the ocean technology industry, regulatory agencies or government departments, non-governmental organizations, consulting activities, or other relevant activities.

    Completion of additional course work in math, science, and/or related technology may be required for applicants applying under this clause.

  3. Applicants who did not complete a baccalaureate or post-graduate degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the:

    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or Internet based score of 92-93 (or higher); or

    2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).

    Information regarding the TOEFL is available from the Educational Testing Service at www.ets.org. IELTS information is available at www.ielts.org. It is noted that other equivalent tests acceptable to the School of Graduate Studies will also be considered.

5.2.2 Program of Study

Students in the Master of Applied Ocean Technology program are required to complete 30 credit hours of course work through either the Project Route or the Course Route.

The program is offered primarily on-campus and includes a field course component during which attendance at the Marine Institute Campus is required. Students will normally register on a full-time basis. The program can be completed on a part-time basis.

5.2.2.1 Project Route

The Project Route is comprised of 30 credit hours (24 credit hours of course work and a comprehensive project course (6 credit hours)) as follows:

  1. Seven in-class courses, 21 credit hours: OTEC 6000, 6001, 6002, 6003, 6005, 6008 and 6010;

  2. One field course, 3 credit hours: OTEC 6004; and

  3. Project Course, 6 credit hours OTEC 6100.

OTEC 6100 is normally completed after all other program requirements have been met. In addition, the Academic Director/Program Chair will approve the student’s Project Supervisor. Students will choose a topic/project in consultation with the Academic Director and Project Supervisor. The project report will be evaluated by two examiners.

Students may be required to take additional courses.

Courses required for the Master of Applied Ocean Technology (Ocean Mapping) are listed in the Courses section.

5.2.2.2 Course Route

The Course Route is comprised of 30 credit hours as follows:

  1. Seven courses, 21 credit hours in-class courses: OTEC 6000, 6001, 6002, 6003, 6005, 6008 and 6010;

  2. One field course: OTEC 6004; and

  3. Two Electives (6 credit hours).

Students may be required to take additional courses.

Courses required for the Master of Applied Ocean Technology (Ocean mapping) are listed in the Courses section.

5.2.3 Transfer Credits

Up to three relevant elective courses (9 credit hours) may be transferred into the Master of Applied Ocean Technology program from other graduate programs within the School of Graduate Studies or from other post-secondary institutions recognized by Senate, subject to the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Academic Director.

5.2.4 Evaluation
  1. Students in the Master of Applied Ocean Technology program must obtain a grade of 'B' or better in all program courses.

  2. Students who receive a grade of less than 'B' in any course will be permitted to remain in the program provided the course is repeated and passed with a grade of 'B' or better. Alternatively, the student may, on the recommendation of the Academic Director, and with the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies, substitute another graduate course. Only one course repetition or substitution will be permitted during the student’s program after which the student shall be required to withdraw from the program.

5.2.5 Courses
5.2.5.1 Core Courses
  • OTEC 6000 Ocean Mapping Essentials I
  • OTEC 6001 Ocean Mapping Essentials II
  • OTEC 6002 Applied Geodesy and Positioning
  • OTEC 6003 Applied Hydrography
  • OTEC 6004 Field Course in Ocean Mapping (prerequisites OTEC 6000, 6001, 6002, 6003)
  • OTEC 6005 Applied Underwater Acoustics
  • OTEC 6008 Applied Geostatistical Analysis and Seabed Characterization
  • OTEC 6010 Marine Geology and Geophysics
5.2.5.2 Electives
  • GEOG 6821 Advanced Computer Mapping
  • MSTM 6001 Fisheries Ecology
  • MSTM 6011 Introduction to Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management / Marine Spatial Planning
  • MSTM 6015 Marine Protected Areas
  • MSTM 6027 Coastal and Ocean Environmental Policies
  • MSTM 6039 Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility
  • OCSC 7100 Biological Oceanography
  • OTEC 6007 Autonomous Vehicles for Ocean Mapping
  • OTEC 6013 MetOcean Instrumentation and Observation
  • OTEC 6014 Introduction to Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) (credit restricted with MSTM 4055)
5.2.5.3 Project Course

OTEC 6100 Applied Ocean Technology Project in Ocean Mapping (6 credit hours)