Introduces students to the major types of coastal marine habitat, from estuaries, intertidal shores, rocky and coral reefs, to show their basic structure and the processes that maintain them as recognisable entities. In addition, this unit builds on the basic knowledge acquired in the Biology and Ecology units of the first year to survey the major groups of marine animals and plants and show their roles in the maintenance of marine habitats. The practical work includes field trips to mangroves, seagrass, rocky shore and sediment habitats. It includes boat work to sample plankton and benthos.
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||identify the major taxa of marine organisms and recognise local examples||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|2||demonstrate an understanding of the basic organisation and function of the major coastal marine habitats and communities and relate this to issues in marine resource management||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|3||plan and conduct sampling programs of marine organisms in a variety of habitats and to present their findings in a variety of formats.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
- In previous years the text 'Marine Biology: an Ecological Approach' by Nybakken and Bertness 6th edn was used but is now out of print. Readings will be provided for anyone who has an old copy of this book and for use with library copies : Townsend, DW, 2012, Oceanography and Marine Biology, 1st edn, Sinauer & Associates Inc, Massachusetts USA. ISBN: 978-0-87893-602-1.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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