AB-334 Underwater Robotics and Polar Night Biology (10 ECTS)

ID:

AB-334

CREDITS:

10 ECTS

COURSE PERIOD:

Spring semester (January–February), every second year. Cancelled in 2023.

AB-334/834 students getting the robot ready at the Ny-Ålesund harbour. Photo: Jan Sivert Hauglid/UNIS.

Grade:Letter grade (A through F)
Course Cost:NOK 2000 (10 days x NOK 200 per overnight stay)
Course Capacity Min/Max:10/20 students (AB-334/834 in total)
Language of instruction:English
Examination support material:Bilingual dictionary between English and mother tongue

Course requirements

Enrolment in a relevant master programme in biology or technology.

Academic content

This course consist of 3 modules;

  • Underwater robotics and use of different sensors,
  • Mapping and monitoring of Arctic bio-geo and chemical objects of interest
  • Polar night marine biology.

The students will gain insight into the ecology of main Arctic marine organismal groups. The course has a special emphasis on hands-on use of enabling technology as well as sensor techniques important for understanding the Arctic ecosystem.

Learning outcomes

The course will generate basic knowledge and “hands on” skills in the use of and interpretation of data from underwater robots and sensors in Polar night biology applications.

Knowledge

Upon completing the course, the students will have thorough knowledge of arctic marine ecosystem processes during the polar night, and insight into automated platforms and sensor technology/methods on how to measure/monitor these processes.

Skills

Upon completing the course, the students will have the ability to plan and conduct marine research using underwater robotics. In particular, concerning underwater robotics the students will be introduced to design, configuration, and hands-on operation of advanced platforms, both autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), during the polar night. Use and interpretation of sensor data will also be important part of course. A main ambition of the course is also to provide the students with broad and thorough insight into the biological patters and processes that characterize the Arctic polar night.

General competences

A main ambition of the course is also to provide the students with broad and thorough insight into the biological patters and processes that characterize the Arctic polar night. Scientific question will be developed during the course, and platforms / sensors deployed accordingly. Upon completing the course, the students will have received training to enhance their ability to select appropriate sampling methods, to construct sampling plans, and to prepare data for discussion and evaluation in the context of the study hypotheses.

Learning activities

The course extends over 5 weeks including compulsory safety training, and is run in combination with AB-834.

The course will include a practical deployment of a research mission using the available platforms / sensors. Research question for the deployment will be developed during the course together with the teachers. The report is developed in the form of a scientific paper. Students will have hands-on experience with various automated platforms, including ROV, AUV and USV. Insight and experience from operating advanced sensors on these platforms, including optical and acoustical instruments.

Summary

  • Total lecture hours: 30 hours.
  • Total seminar hours: 30 hours.
  • Laboratory work and excursions: 10 days.


Compulsory learning activities

All compulsory learning activities must be approved in order to sit the exam.

  • Field excursions
  • Laboratory work

Assessment

  • All assessments must be passed in order to pass the course.
  • Each assessment is graded, and subsequently combined into a single grade. Partial grades for each assessment will be available.
MethodDuration
Percentage of final grade
 Written report 50%
 Written exam 4 hours 50%

Student life

Sampling during the Polar night in Ny-Ålesund
Sampling during the Polar night in Ny-Ålesund. Photo: Jan Sivert Hauglid/UNIS.
Students preparing robot
AB-334/834 students getting the robot ready at the Ny-Ålesund harbour. Photo: Jan Sivert Hauglid/UNIS.
Working in the lab with ultrared light
AB-334/834 lab work in Ny-Ålesund. Photo: Jan Sivert Hauglid/UNIS.