National Marine Science Centre Coffs HarbourSession 2Session 2
OnlineSession 2Session 2

Unit description

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.

Unit content

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.

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

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

Teaching and assessment


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


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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