Oceanography and Marine Resources

Program Presentation

The increasing importance of sustainable management in marine and coastal ecosystems in national policies is demonstrated by the numerous international agreements that have been signed in recent years. Many coastal municipalities, responsible for ensuring the health of its beaches and coasts, increasingly require the presence of a specialized figure to coastal management and its resources, both from a biological perspective as well as from a tourism point of view. In addition to the growing need for trained personnel, there is a notable lack of training programs in the various national oceanographic disciplines, most of which are offered as postgraduate programs.

The Oceanography and Marine Resources Program is an introduction to the various disciplines that make up oceanographic studies. In this regard, it is necessary to know each of the disciplines separately and the interactions between them, in order to apply multidisciplinary criteria to coastal systems and to provide solutions to the problems that affect the coastal environment.

Who is the programme for?

The Oceanography and Marine Resources Program is especially designed to satisfy two different types of groups:

  • People without a university degree who may want a quality education in this field for personal gain or experience.
  • University graduates who, in addition to their basic training, want practical expertise in the marine field to broaden their career opportunities.

Diploma

  • Diplomas will be awarded by the University where the student has enrolled, with the patronage of the Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER).
 

Program Structure

Estimated duration for completion of the Oceanography and Marine Resources program is 500 hours (50 credits)1.

Regarding the distribution of time it states that:

  • Since it is a distance Program and not subject to classes, a specific start date is not set, so the student can enroll at any time, provided there are spaces available.
  • For academic or educational purposes, the program has a three month minimum duration.
  • The maximum time available for the program is one year. In this time period, the student must have completed all assessments relating to the courses and, in the case of Major, Post Graduate or Graduate Expert, the Final Work or Project.

The credit structure for the Oceanographic and Marine Resources Program is found in the following table:

  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
1st Part: Courses 40 9 400
2nd Part: Final Work or Project 10 3 100
TOTAL 50 12 500

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the university that awards the degree 
b. Length in months

Objectives

General objectives:

  • To acquire the basic skills needed to function in the field of oceanography, in managing a coastline or optimizing resources provided by the marine environment.

Specific objectives::

  • To acquire an overview of all disciplines that comprise Oceanography.
  • To analyze geomorphic processes that shape the coast and to learn how to propose measures to stabilize the shoreline.
  • To describe the ecological interactions that occur in marine ecosystems and their relationship with physicochemical characteristics of water.
  • To lay the foundations of the mechanisms that govern ocean currents and to establish relationships between them and the world's fisheries.
  • To identify different water masses through their physicochemical properties.
  • To understand the current characteristics of the fisheries sector and future trends.
  • To select the most appropriate type of cultivation in each case and to become familiar with the details of current aquaculture.
  • To form a general idea about navigation both present and past.
  • To identify major reserves of marine resources, both mineral as well as energy and to get to know their uses.
  • To describe the most conspicuous pollutants that impact the marine environment and to analyze their relation in marine ecosystems.

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities of the Oceanography and Marine Resources program are:

  • Teaching
  • Occupation as a technical/consultant in marine issues.
  • Nursery species maintenance and operation.
  • Aquaculture

Study Plan

The Oceanography and Marine Resources Program is made up of fifteen courses and, in the case of the programs of Specialization, Post Graduate or Post graduate Expert, a Final Paper or Project.

  • 1ª Parte: SUBJECTS

The objectives of the first part are to introduce first, the theoretical, conceptual and historical foundations involved in environmental issues and, second, organizational, social and technological implementation.

The goal is for students to gain an overview of oceanography, through multidisciplinary related topics.

Corresponding subjects and hours making up the first part are shown in the following table:

  1ST PART: SUBJECTS  
# SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Dynamic earth 30
2 The coastline and marine erosion 30
3 Marine sediments and glacial influence on the seas 30
4 Basic marine ecology 20
5 Marine organisms 30
6 Marine communities 30
7 Seawater 30
8 Water circulation 30
9 Seawater chemistry 30
10 Overfishing 20
11 Marine farming 20
12 Navigation and marine transport 20
13 Mineral and energy resources 30
14 Marine pollution 30
15 Other interactions between man and the sea 20
  TOTAL 400

These subjects, are independent, yet are structured according to a coherent teaching sequence that facilitates the understanding of increasing complexity. Each subject is divided into basic thematic units or chapters, the contents of which include printed material to be studied in order to satisfactorily answer the assessment tests.

  • 2nd PART: FINAL WORK OR PROJECT

For the programs of Specialization, Post Graduate or Post Graduate Expert, the last phase of the Program is devoted to development of the Final Paper or Project, which can be carried out at the same time as doing the first part if the student prefers.

The objective is to present a document that shows the proposed project’s total development, including the possibility of its practical implementation. The project must refer to one of the areas studied or relationship between areas, both theoretical and applied, always reflecting the given doctrines, theories and disciplines.

  2da PARTE: FINAL WORK OR PROJECT
# SUBJECTS
1 FINAL WORK OR PROJECT

Management

  • Dra. Norma P. Muñoz Sevilla. Director of CIIEMAD. National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico
  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Director of the Environmental Area in the International Ibero-american University (UNINI) 

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Ángel M. Álvarez Larena. Dr. in Geology. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Prof. of the University of Buenos Aires.
  • Dr. Óscar Arizpe Covarrubias. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Dr. Isaac Azuz Adeath. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Dr. David Barrera Gómez. Doctor from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia
  • Dr. Brenda Bravo Díaz. Prof. of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico
  • Dr. Rubén Calderón Iglesias. Prof. of the European University Miguel de Cervantes
  • Dr. Leonor Calvo Galván. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Dr. Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the Research Institute in Agropecuarias, Chile
  • Dr. Alina Celi Frugoni. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. José Cortizo Álvarez. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Antoni Creus Solé. Dr. in Industrial Engineering
  • Dr. Juan Carlos Cubría García. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Raquel Domínguez Fernández. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. Luís A. Dzul López. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Xavier Elías Castells. Director of the By-product Exchange of Catalonia
  • Dr. Milena E. Gómez Yepes. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the University of the Quindio, Colombia
  • Dr. Ramón Guardino Ferré. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Emilio Hernández Chiva. Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Spanish National Research Council, CSIC
  • Dr. Cristina Hidalgo González. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. Francisco Hidalgo Trujillo. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Víctor Jiménez Arguelles. Prof. of the Autonomous Metropolitan University. Mexico
  • Dr. Miguel Ángel López Flores. Prof. of the National Polytechnic Institute (CIIEMAD-IPN)
  • Dr. Izel Márez López. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Carlos A. Martín. Prof. of the National University of the Littoral, Argentina
  • Dr. Isabel Joaquina Niembro García. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the Monterrey Institute of Technology
  • Dr. César Ordóñez Pascua. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. José María Redondo Vega. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Gladys Rincón Polo. Prof. of the Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela
  • Dr. José U. Rodríguez Barboza. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Ramón San Martín Páramo. . Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Raúl Sardinha. Prof. of the Piaget Institute, Portugal
  • Dr. Héctor Solano Lamphar. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Martha Velasco Becerra. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Alberto Vera. Prof. of the National University of Lanús, Argentina
  • Dr. Margarita González Benítez. Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain.
  • Dr. Lázaro Cremades Oliver.Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
  • Dr. (c) Pablo Eisendecher Bertín. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Ann Rodríguez. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Kilian Tutusaus Pifarré. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Karina Vilela. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Erik Simoes. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Ms. Omar Gallardo Gallardo. Prof. of the University of Santiago in Chile
  • Ms. Susana Guzmán Rodríguez. Prof. of the Central University of Ecuador
  • Ms. Icela Márquez Rojas. Prof. of the Technological University of Panama

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER) periodically delivers an economic baseline with extraordinary character for scholarships in FUNIBER Training.

To apply for it, you only need to send your application for a scholarship on the website’s main page with the required data, and the evaluation committee will examine the suitability of your candidature to be granted economic aid, in the form of a scholarship in FUNIBER Training.