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.
The schedule of topics is spread between lectures, field studies, workshops and laboratory classes:
Topic 1: Principles of community ecology
Topic 2: Communities of rocky shores
Topic 3: Communities of subtidal reefs
Topic 4: Aspects of functional ecology
Topic 5: Communities as sentinels of change (case studies)
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||Develop advanced understanding of the ecology of marine habitats||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||Apply ecological principles to critically evaluate primary biotic and abiotic processes affecting marine organisms in different habitats||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||Demonstrate advanced knowledge about the suitability of different communities for monitoring environmental condition||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||Synthesise available information to demonstrate advanced understanding of processes affecting global biodiversity||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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