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National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
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Unit description

Examines local and ocean climate systems and the way humans are altering the global climate, the impact that this may have on individual organisms and ecosystems, and the capacity for organisms to acclimatise or adapt to these changes. Specifically examines changes in the oceans carbon cycle, ocean acidification and ocean warming. Examines how marine organisms and communities may be affected by, adapt and acclimatise to ocean acidification and warming. Examines how overharvesting and habitat alteration is causing unprecedented shifts in marine biodiversity and community structure.

Unit content

1. The marine carbonate cycle, ocean acidification and biological implications

2. Drivers and predictions for warming, oxygen minimum zones and marine biological impacts

3. Interactactions between warming, acidification and other climate change stressors

4. Tropicalisation, range shifts & universal effects of ocean climate change

5. Trophic downgrading and shifting baselines

6. Potential for adaptation to climate change

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1demonstrate advanced understanding of ocean carbonate cycle and critically evaluate possible effects of ocean acidification on marine invertebrates, fish, seaweeds and species interactions
2discuss the theoretical basis for the impact of global warming on marine organisms and the three predicted universal responses of climate change on marine organism
3critically evaluate how multiple stressors are eroding the diversity and function of marine ecosystems
4conduct, analyse and interpret manipulative laboratory experiments in relation to marine biology
5appraise evidence for the likelihood of genetic adaptation to a changing climate marine organisms.

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

  1. demonstrate advanced understanding of ocean carbonate cycle and critically evaluate possible effects of ocean acidification on marine invertebrates, fish, seaweeds and species interactions
  2. discuss the theoretical basis for the impact of global warming on marine organisms and the three predicted universal responses of climate change on marine organism
  3. critically evaluate how multiple stressors are eroding the diversity and function of marine ecosystems
  4. conduct, analyse and interpret manipulative laboratory experiments in relation to marine biology
  5. appraise evidence for the likelihood of genetic adaptation to a changing climate marine organisms.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 week (1)
Residential session 6 days (1)
Self-directed project 1 week (1)
Assessment
Quiz15%
Exam: closed book40%
Report45%

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 week (1)
Residential session 6 days (1)
Self-directed project 1 week (1)
Assessment
Quiz15%
Exam: closed book40%
Report45%
Notice

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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