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National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour Session 1 Session 1

Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

This unit provides students with information about highly topical developments in marine science and management. It will provide a primary mechanism for informing students about critical developments within this field, especially capturing specialized topics that are not dealt with in detail in other units within the award. Each topic will be delivered by staff members with expertise and current projects in the nominated research field.

Unit content

Five topics will be covered in each year, and will be drawn from the following:
Coral Reef restoration
Blue Carbon Research
Mesocosm experiments
Bioresources (drugs and food from marine animals)
Molecular ecology and connectivity
Citizen Science – the research/community nexus
Threatened species and their management

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 highly topical issues in marine science
2 Apply knowledge of contemporary marine issues in laboratory and/or field settings
3 Understand a range of research methodologies for answering key scientific questions
4 Synthesize information and present this as a professional report

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

  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of highly topical issues in marine science
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. Apply knowledge of contemporary marine issues in laboratory and/or field settings
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  3. Understand a range of research methodologies for answering key scientific questions
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  4. Synthesize information and present this as a professional report
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:

Prescribed texts

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