This unit encompasses the advanced study of the biology and ecology of marine mammals. It is based on cutting-edge international research, but includes critical evaluation of case studies from the local region. Students will obtain a high-level understanding of management priorities vital for the continued survival and recovery of marine mammal populations around the world.
- Marine mammal taxonomy, anatomical adaptations and evolution
- Biology and ecology of marine mammals, including reproductive biology, migrations, physiology, acoustic communication, diet and behaviour
- A critical analysis of human threats to marine mammals, including the history of whaling and current threats
- A detailed synthesis of the global conservation status of marine mammals
- A critical evaluation of conservation planning for marine mammals
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||demonstrate an advanced understanding of the taxonomy, anatomy, biology and ecology of marine mammals||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||demonstrate accurate species identifications of the common marine mammal occurring in Australian territorial waters||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|3||critically evaluate the main types of human interactions with marine mammals and how they can be managed||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||demonstrate a high-level understanding of how marine mammals are managed and the legislation governing their protection||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||synthesise the risks posed to marine mammals by human activities such as whaling, fisheries, habitat loss, shipping, pollution, tourism and climate change||Intellectual rigour||Lifelong learning|
|6||develop scientific communication skills to a professional level.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
- 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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