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National Marine Science Centre Coffs HarbourSession 1Session 1
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Unit description

Critically evaluates patterns and processes in a range of marine communities and applies this knowledge to concepts of marine management. Develops advanced understanding of ecological structure and function, links between communities, and their responses to natural and human-induced disturbances. Theoretical aspects are reinforced through a series of field activities that foster practical knowledge of key community types.

Unit content

The schedule of topics is spread between lectures, field studies, workshops and laboratory classes:

Principles of community ecology
Communities of rocky shores
Communities of subtidal reefs
Aspects of functional ecology
Communities as sentinels of change (case studies)

Learning outcomes

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1develop advanced understanding of the ecology of marine habitatsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2apply ecological principles to critically evaluate primary biotic and abiotic processes affecting marine organisms in different habitatsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3demonstrate advanced knowledge about the suitability of different communities for monitoring environmental conditionIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
4synthesise available information to demonstrate advanced understanding of processes affecting global biodiversity.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. develop advanced understanding of the ecology of marine habitats
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. apply ecological principles to critically evaluate primary biotic and abiotic processes affecting marine organisms in different habitats
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. demonstrate advanced knowledge about the suitability of different communities for monitoring environmental condition
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. synthesise available information to demonstrate advanced understanding of processes affecting global biodiversity.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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International

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