National Marine Science Centre Coffs HarbourSession 1Session 1
OnlineSession 1N/A

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • 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


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


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