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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Examines local and ocean climate systems and the way humans are altering the global climate, the impact that this may have on individual organisms and ecosystems, and the capacity for organisms to acclimatise or adapt to these changes. Specifically examines changes in the oceans carbon cycle, ocean acidification and ocean warming. Examines how marine organisms and communities may be affected by, adapt and acclimatise to ocean acidification and warming. Examines how overharvesting and habitat alteration is causing unprecedented shifts in marine biodiversity and community structure.

Unit content

The marine CaCO3 cycle and ocean acidification

Biological impacts of ocean acidification

Climate weather and warming

Effects of ocean acidification and warming on early development of invertebrates

Biological effects of warming

Interactions between warming and acidification

Tropicalisation

Universal effects of climate change

Oxygen minimum zones

Trophic downgrading and shifting baselines

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an understanding of ocean carbonate cycle Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
2 explain the reasons for and possible effects of ocean acidification on marine invertebrates, fish, seaweeds and species interactions Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
3 discuss the theoretical basis for the impact of global warming on marine organisms and the three predicted universal responses of climate change on marine organisms Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
4 critically discuss the diversity of marine microbial organisms and how they might respond to a changing ocean climate Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
5 examine how multiple stressors are eroding the diversity and function of marine ecosystems Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
6 design, conduct, analyse and interpret manipulative laboratory experiments in relation to marine biology. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of ocean carbonate cycle
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. explain the reasons for and possible effects of ocean acidification on marine invertebrates, fish, seaweeds and species interactions
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. discuss the theoretical basis for the impact of global warming on marine organisms and the three predicted universal responses of climate change on marine organisms
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. critically discuss the diversity of marine microbial organisms and how they might respond to a changing ocean climate
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. examine how multiple stressors are eroding the diversity and function of marine ecosystems
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  6. design, conduct, analyse and interpret manipulative laboratory experiments in relation to marine biology.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

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