Unit description

Involves an advanced introduction into research and scientific practices within marine science and management. Specifically, this unit covers the use of manipulative laboratory experiments to investigate contemporary issues related to the marine environment, ecology and/or industry. During this unit students will plan, design, run and analyse manipulative experiments using live fish, invertebrates or seaweeds as the subjects. These experiments may for example focus on ways of assessing the impact of predicted marine climate change or methods for improving aquaculture production. Research Project I is a double weighted unit.

Unit content

  • The use and history of manipulative experiments in marine ecology, marine climate change and aquaculture. 
  • Designing and planning manipulative laboratory experiments.
  • Practical considerations in running experiments with live animals, including ethics and husbandry.
  • The practical use of univariate statistics as a tool to analyse manipulative experiments - one way, two way, nested and randomised block designs in ANOVA.
  • Presentation and interpretation of manipulative experimental results.

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

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Session 3

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Practical session 10 hours per week  (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 (10 weeks)
Project report50%

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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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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