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National Marine Science Centre Coffs HarbourSession 1Session 1
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Unit description

Examines the range of natural marine communities occurring on rocky substrates, their ecological structure and function, links between communities, and their responses to natural and human-induced disturbances. Students will be actively involved with quantitative field studies of various subtropical marine communities.

Unit content

The schedule of topics is spread between lectures, field studies, workshops and laboratory classes:

Principles of community ecology (a refresher)
Communities of rocky shores
Communities of subtidal reefs
Aspects of functional ecology
Communities as sentinels of change (case studies)

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
1describe the main types of hard marine substrates and the biota that inhabits themIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2explain the primary biotic and abiotic processes affecting marine organisms in different habitatsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3discuss the suitability of different communities for monitoring environmental condition.Intellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline

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

  1. describe the main types of hard marine substrates and the biota that inhabits them
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. explain the primary biotic and abiotic processes affecting marine organisms in different habitats
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. discuss the suitability of different communities for monitoring environmental condition.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • This is abbreviated to C&G in the Study Guide.: Connell, SD & Gillanders, BM , 2007, Marine Ecology, Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN: 9780195553024.
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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