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.
- Introduction to coral reef ecology and management
- Reef origins and geomorphology
- Biology and ecology of coral communities
- Algal builders and primary productivity on coral reefs
- Secondary production and trophic pathways on coral reefs
- Reef biodiversity
- Reef fish communities
- Natural disturbance and reef communities
- Human impacts on coral reefs
- Coral bleaching, climate change and global reef status
- 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|
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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