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National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour

Unit description

Encompasses the advanced study of the biology and conservation of marine mammals and other marine megafauna (e.g. turtles, sharks, crocodiles and rays). Students will study cutting-edge research on marine mammals, and critically evaluate important case studies. Students will learn about management priorities vital for the continued conservation and recovery of globally threatened populations of  marine mammals and other marine megafauna.

Unit content

1. An overview of marine megafauna.
2. Whales and dolphins.
3. Seals and sea lions.
4. Sharks and rays.
5. Threats to marine mammals and effective conservation approaches.
6. Threats to shark populations and effective management strategies.

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:
1describe the taxonomy, anatomy, biology and ecology of marine mammals and marine megafauna
2critically evaluate the main anthropogenic impacts to marine megafauna
3develop complex management actions required for the protection marine megafauna in Australian waters
4discuss the risks associated with human-megafauna interactions in marine systems, and how these can be mitigated.

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

  1. describe the taxonomy, anatomy, biology and ecology of marine mammals and marine megafauna
  2. critically evaluate the main anthropogenic impacts to marine megafauna
  3. develop complex management actions required for the protection marine megafauna in Australian waters
  4. discuss the risks associated with human-megafauna interactions in marine systems, and how these can be mitigated.

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Quiz20%
Report60%
Notice

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Fee information

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