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About the course

Current society requires learning models that allow the highest level of access to knowledge throughout the lifetime of a person. This access should be continuous, comfortable, simple and independent of the geographical area where the person is located.
By means of a Virtual Campus, students may comfortably access, from any part of the world, a useful and dynamic learning experience, becoming the centre of a totally personalised training process, assisted by a team of teachers that can offer the most innovative didactic resources and services.

The methodology used for this course is based on technical aspects such as Information and Communication Technologies and on constructivism concerning pedagogical aspects. It is a student-centred method that builds or increases students' knowledge together with the rest of students on the course who co-operate with each other or work as teams.


- The Marine Environment
- Oil spills in the sea
- Physical properties of oil. Natural processes
- Effects caused by oil. Sensitive zones
- Contingency plans
- Assessment of the situation. Possible responses
- Chemical dispersal
- Containment and recovery
- Cleanup of coastal areas
- Disposal of oil
- Relations with the media
- National organisation concerning marine pollution
- Agreements and treaties concerning marine pollution
- End of course simulation exercise
Complemented with: activities, individual or in groups, debate forums and end-of-course project.

Target group

Directed at professionals who, due to their responsibilities in contingency plans, should receive training on issues concerning techniques to combat marine pollution caused by hydrocarbons. Furthermore, this course is directed at those who wish to develop their duties in combating oil spills of this type.

Learning Materials



Camín del Centro de Salvamento Nº 279 33206 Gijón Spain


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