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2021 unit offering information will be available in September 2020

Unit description

Provides a multidisciplinary approach to defining the major types of chemical, physical, and biological pollutants that impact upon marine environments. Also examines pathways, fates and effects of these pollutants on marine ecosystems and human health. Examines different approaches to the design of monitoring programs for detecting pollutants, and techniques for controlling pollutants. Students gain skills in sampling techniques and analysis of polluted samples.

Unit content

Read the study guide topics and directed readings.

An Introduction to Marine Pollution

Nutrients and oxygen-demanding wastes

Oil and hydrocarbons

Antifoulants, past and present

Metals and mining

Compartments, distribution processes and community response – case studies on sediments and dredging

Plastic wastes – the floaters

Radioactivity

Water and sediment quality monitoring, risk assessment and compliance testing. Risk assessment tools: Ecotoxicology, multiple lines of evidence, community response

Understanding management actions and legislation that can reduce and minimise pollution.

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate their understanding of pollution issues, their sources and the relationship humans have with the ocean as a source of food and a sink for wasteIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
2evaluate the way different pollutants behave in the marine environment and their impacts on marine ecosystems including nutrients, oil, metal pollution, pesticides and herbicides, solid plastics, antifoulants, radioactivityIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
3describe the compartments and distribution processes of pollutants in the marine environment using case studiesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
4develop tools that expand their inquiry to support management decisionsIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
5write sound scientific arguments related to research and data collection associated with marine pollutionIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
6research and present sound scientific information for appropriate audiences.CreativityKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate their understanding of pollution issues, their sources and the relationship humans have with the ocean as a source of food and a sink for waste
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. evaluate the way different pollutants behave in the marine environment and their impacts on marine ecosystems including nutrients, oil, metal pollution, pesticides and herbicides, solid plastics, antifoulants, radioactivity
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. describe the compartments and distribution processes of pollutants in the marine environment using case studies
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. develop tools that expand their inquiry to support management decisions
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. write sound scientific arguments related to research and data collection associated with marine pollution
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. research and present sound scientific information for appropriate audiences.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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Fee information

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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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