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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

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

The schedule of topics is spread between lectures, field studies, workshops and laboratory classes:

Principles of community ecology
Communities of rocky shores
Communities of subtidal reefs
Aspects of functional ecology
Communities as sentinels of change (case studies)

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
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.

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

  1. develop advanced understanding of the ecology of marine habitats
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. apply ecological principles to critically evaluate primary biotic and abiotic processes affecting marine organisms in different habitats
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. demonstrate advanced knowledge about the suitability of different communities for monitoring environmental condition
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  4. synthesise available information to demonstrate advanced understanding of processes affecting global biodiversity.
    • GA1:
    • GA4: