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National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
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Unit description

Explores a multidisciplinary approach to major types of chemical, physical, and biological pollutants that impact upon marine environments. This unit investigates pathways, fates and effects of these pollutants on marine ecosystems and human health. Different approaches to the design of monitoring programs for detecting and techniques for controlling pollutants are examined. Students gain practical skills in sampling techniques and analyses of polluted samples.

Unit content

1. Introduction to aquatic pollution
2. Measuring, management, and legislation of aquatic pollution
3. Understanding the role of catchments in aquatic pollution
4. Wetlands
5. Marine pollution
6. Case studies of aquatic pollution and catchment management in Australia

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:
1critically analyse and evaluate pollution issues, their sources and the relationship humans have with marine environments
2investigate the chemistry associated with pollutant behaviour in marine environments including nutrients, oil, metals, pesticides and herbicides, solid plastics, antifoulants, and radioactivity
3synthesise information from multidisciplinary perspectives about the impacts of pollution and apply this to management decision making
4develop tools that expand their inquiry to reflect on management outcomes
5analyse and synthesise sound scientific information related to research and data collection associated with marine pollution
6research and present sound scientific information for appropriate audiences.

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

  1. critically analyse and evaluate pollution issues, their sources and the relationship humans have with marine environments
  2. investigate the chemistry associated with pollutant behaviour in marine environments including nutrients, oil, metals, pesticides and herbicides, solid plastics, antifoulants, and radioactivity
  3. synthesise information from multidisciplinary perspectives about the impacts of pollution and apply this to management decision making
  4. develop tools that expand their inquiry to reflect on management outcomes
  5. analyse and synthesise sound scientific information related to research and data collection associated with marine pollution
  6. research and present sound scientific information for appropriate audiences.

Prescribed texts

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

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hrs (13 Weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hrs (5 Weeks)
Residential session 6 hrs (2 Days)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Workbook40%
Presentation20%
Critical review20%

Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hrs (13 Weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hrs (5 Weeks)
Residential session 6 hrs (2 Days)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Workbook40%
Presentation20%
Critical review20%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every teaching period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the teaching period.

Fee information

Domestic

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International

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