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

Topic 1: Ocean basins and ocean chemistry

Topic 2: Ocean circulations

Topic 3: Waves and tides

Topic 4: Deep-sea environments

Topic 5: Early life histories of marine invertebrates and fishes

Topic 6: Marine chemical ecology: the language of life in the sea

Topic 7: Human uses of marine systems

Topic 8: Introduction to marine resources management

Topic 9: 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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • This book is the prescribed textbook for this and other units that are run at the NMSC. It can be purchased from the Co-op Bookshop in both Lismore and Coffs Harbour, and there are limited copies available for loan from the Lismore and NMSC libraries: Connell, SD & Gillanders, BM , 2007, Marine Ecology, Oxford University Press, Australia.
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.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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