Provides field-based coral reef ecology training, including quantitative ecological surveys and discussion of important management issues for the Great Barrier Reef. Examines the biology of reef-building organisms, ecological interactions and reef formation, natural disturbances and human impacts on reefs, and the status of coral reefs globally.
Unit content1. Introduction to coral reef ecology and management
2. Reef origins and geomorphology
3. Biology and ecology of coral communities
4. Algal builders and primary productivity on coral reefs
5. Secondary production and trophic pathways on coral reefs
6. Reef biodiversity
7. Reef fish communities
8. Natural disturbance and reef communities
9. Human impacts on coral reefs
10. Coral bleaching, climate change and global reef status
11. Coral reef management issues
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||Demonstrate understanding of the biology and ecology of reef-building organisms and coral reef formation||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|2||Identify and classify common types of corals, fish and other reef organisms occurring on the Great Barrier Reef||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|3||Discuss key ecological processes within coral reef ecosystems||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||Contrast and explain differences between natural disturbances and human-induced impacts on coral reefs||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively in small teams to complete quantitative studies of coral reef communities||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||Explain how ecological information can be used to inform management of coral reefs||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|7||Evaluate the global status and future scenarios for coral reefs in a rapidly changing world||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
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Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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