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National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour

Unit description

Critically evaluates patterns and processes in a range of marine communities and applies this knowledge to concepts of marine management. Develops advanced understanding of ecological structure and function, links between communities, and their responses to natural and human-induced disturbances. Theoretical aspects are reinforced through a series of field activities that foster practical knowledge of key community types.

Unit content

1. Reef types and biodiversity

2. Coral reef origins and communities

3. Subtropical reefs

4. Temperate reefs

5. Natural and human disturbance to reef communities

6. Reef management and restoration

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:
1develop advanced understanding of the ecology of marine habitats
2apply ecological principles to critically evaluate primary biotic and abiotic processes affecting marine organisms in different habitats
3demonstrate advanced knowledge about the suitability of different communities for monitoring environmental condition
4synthesise available information to demonstrate advanced understanding of processes affecting global biodiversity.

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

  1. develop advanced understanding of the ecology of marine habitats
  2. apply ecological principles to critically evaluate primary biotic and abiotic processes affecting marine organisms in different habitats
  3. demonstrate advanced knowledge about the suitability of different communities for monitoring environmental condition
  4. synthesise available information to demonstrate advanced understanding of processes affecting global biodiversity.

Prescribed Learning Resources

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Prescribed Resources/Equipment
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Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Residential 2 days (Once)
Assessment
Grant application30%
Workbook40%
Quiz30%
Notice

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Fee information

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