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.
The schedule of topics is spread between lectures, field studies, workshops and laboratory classes:
Topic 1: Principles of community ecology (a refresher)
Topic 2: Communities of rocky shores
Topic 3: Communities of subtidal reefs
Topic 4: Aspects of functional ecology
Topic 5: Communities as sentinels of change (case studies)
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||describe the main types of hard marine substrates and the biota that inhabits them||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||explain the primary biotic and abiotic processes affecting marine organisms in different habitats||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||discuss the suitability of different communities for monitoring environmental condition.||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
- Connell, SD & Gillanders, BM , 2007, Marine Ecology, Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN: 9780195553024.
Teaching and assessment
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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