This unit introduces students to the biology and ecology of marine mammals. Students will learn about key threats to marine mammal populations. They will also analyse management priorities to ensure the continued survival and recovery of marine mammal populations into the future.
- Marine mammal taxonomy and evolution
- Biology and ecology of marine mammals, including reproductive biology, migrations, physiology and behaviour
- Human threats to marine mammals, including the history of whaling and current threats
- Global conservation status of marine mammals
- Management and conservation planning for marine mammals
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 taxonomy, anatomy, biology and ecology of marine mammals||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|2||identify the common marine mammals occurring in Australian territorial waters||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|3||describe the main types of human interactions with marine mammals and how they can be managed||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||demonstrate understanding of how marine mammals are managed and the legislation governing their protection||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||analyse the risks posed to marine mammals by human activities including whaling, fisheries, habitat loss, shipping, pollution, tourism and climate change.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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