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Unit description

Examines processes and issues, and integrates principles of natural science and legislation as they relate to the global marine environment. Covers the complex coupling and feedback mechanisms linking the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and the biosphere, and provides insights into international and national marine resource management.

Unit content

Ocean basins and ocean chemistry
Ocean circulations
Waves and tides
Deep-sea environments
Early life histories of marine invertebrates and fishes
Marine chemical ecology: the language of life in the sea
Human uses of marine systems
Introduction to marine resources management
Marine management systems

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
1demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the nature and history of the major oceans, and how the unusual nature of water affects the oceans and climatic systems of the planetIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
2provide a detailed explanation of the nature and operation of currents, waves and tides in coastal and oceanic watersIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
3understand the way in which the abiotic (physical and chemical) factors control biological eventsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
4recognise the ways in which we use the marine environment and describe how those uses may interact with natural processesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
5understand what resource management is, and be able to critically evaluate what it does, and how it tries to do itIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
6write a high quality scientific report that incorporates statistical analysis of data, follows the instructions to authors for a peer-reviewed journal, and uses Endnote for referencing.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning

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

  1. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the nature and history of the major oceans, and how the unusual nature of water affects the oceans and climatic systems of the planet
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. provide a detailed explanation of the nature and operation of currents, waves and tides in coastal and oceanic waters
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. understand the way in which the abiotic (physical and chemical) factors control biological events
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. recognise the ways in which we use the marine environment and describe how those uses may interact with natural processes
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. understand what resource management is, and be able to critically evaluate what it does, and how it tries to do it
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  6. write a high quality scientific report that incorporates statistical analysis of data, follows the instructions to authors for a peer-reviewed journal, and uses Endnote for referencing.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

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

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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Fee information

Domestic

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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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