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National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour Session 2 Session 2
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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Encompasses the advanced study of the biology and ecology of marine mammals. It is based on cutting-edge international research, but includes critical evaluation of case studies from the local region. Students will obtain a high-level understanding of management priorities vital for the continued survival and recovery of marine mammal populations around the world.

Unit content

Marine mammal taxonomy, anatomical adaptations and evolution.

Biology and ecology of marine mammals, including reproductive biology, migrations, physiology, acoustic communication, diet and behaviour.

A critical analysis of human threats to marine mammals, including the history of whaling and current threats.

A detailed synthesis of the global conservation status of marine mammals.

A critical evaluation of conservation planning for marine mammals.

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 demonstrate an advanced understanding of the taxonomy, anatomy, biology and ecology of marine mammals
2 demonstrate accurate species identifications of the common marine mammal occurring in Australian territorial waters
3 critically evaluate the main types of human interactions with marine mammals and how they can be managed
4 demonstrate a high-level understanding of how marine mammals are managed and the legislation governing their protection
5 synthesise the risks posed to marine mammals by human activities such as whaling, fisheries, habitat loss, shipping, pollution, tourism and climate change
6 develop scientific communication skills to a professional level.

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

  1. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the taxonomy, anatomy, biology and ecology of marine mammals
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. demonstrate accurate species identifications of the common marine mammal occurring in Australian territorial waters
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  3. critically evaluate the main types of human interactions with marine mammals and how they can be managed
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. demonstrate a high-level understanding of how marine mammals are managed and the legislation governing their protection
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. synthesise the risks posed to marine mammals by human activities such as whaling, fisheries, habitat loss, shipping, pollution, tourism and climate change
    • GA1:
    • GA5:
  6. develop scientific communication skills to a professional level.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:

Prescribed texts

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