UG Coursework Unit
Level of learning
have foundation knowledge of plant and animal taxonomy (Domain, Kingdom and major phyla), use of taxonomic keys, major biological processes (productivity, trophic relationships, population dynamics), chemical equation writing, scientific report structure, basic statistical tests and computing skills. These are assumed knowledge obtained from the following introductory level units or equivalent experience. BIO00201 - Biology BIO00202 - Ecology CHE00201 - Chemistry MAT00211 - Environmental Information Analysis
BIO01203 Marine Biology
Introduces students to the major types of coastal marine habitat, from estuaries, intertidal shores, rocky and coral reefs, to show their basic structure and the processes that maintain them as recognisable entities. In addition, this unit builds on the basic knowledge acquired in the Biology and Ecology units of the first year to survey the major groups of marine animals and plants and show their roles in the maintenance of marine habitats. The practical work includes field trips to mangroves, seagrass, rocky shore and sediment habitats. It includes boat work to sample plankton and benthos.
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:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||identify the major taxa of marine organisms and recognise local examples|
|2||demonstrate an understanding of the basic organisation and function of the major coastal marine habitats and communities and relate this to issues in marine resource management|
|3||plan and conduct sampling programs of marine organisms in a variety of habitats and to present their findings in a variety of formats.|
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
identify the major taxa of marine organisms and recognise local examples
demonstrate an understanding of the basic organisation and function of the major coastal marine habitats and communities and relate this to issues in marine resource management
plan and conduct sampling programs of marine organisms in a variety of habitats and to present their findings in a variety of formats.
- In previous years the text 'Marine Biology: an Ecological Approach' by Nybakken and Bertness 6th edn was used but is now out of print. Readings will be provided for anyone who has an old copy of this book and for use with library copies : Townsend, DW, 2012, Oceanography and Marine Biology, 1st edn, Sinauer & Associates Inc, Massachusetts USA. ISBN: 978-0-87893-602-1.