The Ocean Technology course sequence is a series of three classes that share two different design/build “events”: (1) the spring quarter individual sensor design and build, and the (2) winter quarter collaborative project design and build. Each of these events combines an intense short course with a design and build studio to create a guided experiential learning environment. As technology changes and the student built sensor network grows, the content presented in these short course will also change. This format allows students new to the ocean technology field to participate only the short course experience (An Introduction to Ocean Technology) gaining exposer to the field, and then later to participate in a second short course which leads directly to a design and build experience (Ocean_Tech I, II, and III).
Spring Quarter Design/Build (Intro to Ocean Technology, Ocean 261 & Ocean 361):
The Spring Quarter Ocean Technology Design/Build studio is a coordinated event between three “active learning” courses, each targeted at students at different stages in our undergraduate program. The “Intro” course (Ocean 261) is designed for lower division undergraduates requiring attendance at our short course and weekend field trials. Ocean 361 is targeted at our undergraduate sophomores or juniors that in addition to the short course continue into the individual sensor design and build activities. These to course may be take concurrently in the same quarter. Ocean_Tech III (Ocean 461, see below) provides our seniors (those already having completed earlier courses in the sequence, the applied skill in project management and leadership by acting as “student teachers” (mentors) for the Ocean 261/361 series
Fundimental of Ocean Sensors ( Ocean 351)
This winter quarter Ocean Technology course is a combination of lectures and hands-on sensor building labs where students are introduced to the "way" sensors work. From how we measure light and temperature, to how pressure and currents are observed, the course exposes the current fundimental technology behind ocean sensors.
Spring Quarter for Advanced Students (Ocean 461)
As noted above, the final course in the Ocean Technology sequence is intended for our senior (or advanced) Ocean Technology students where they learn project management skills by participating as student mentors with the newer students during their first design/build course. These students will attend their own short course which will focus on time management, logistics, budgeting, and leadership skills. The emphasis here is on critical path planning, logistics, material lists, time management, and budgeting.
The ERIS (Exploration and Remote Instrumentation by Students) cabled observatory will be a student designed and built underwater learning facility at the University of Washington. This is a "hands-on" style course for variable credit which focuses on the technological challenges and potential solutions for this facility. ERIS and its educational mission will enable undergraduate students to design, build, operate, and maintain a cabled underwater observatory providing for a continuous data-stream for analysis, interpretation, and communication by students. From inspiration through implementation, this program will be focused on the creation and operation of an underwater science sensor network that physically is located off the dock of the School of Oceanography at University of Washington Seattle campus.
Ocean Technology is recognized as a multidisciplinary field that combines ocean science with the classical engineering disciplines and advances in computer science. The goal of this class is to prepare students for a New Era of study in Oceanography.