The oceans harbour a greater diversity of life than any other biome of the planet. In this course you will learn about the diversity of marine habitats, the species inhabiting them, and the physical and chemical factors influencing marine ecosystems. We shall explore rocky shores, sandy beaches, estuaries, mangrove wetlands, reefs and open-water ecosystems. We will emphasise the seminal contributions that marine ecology has made to the broader field of ecology, and teach you fundamental skills in the scientific investigation of marine and coastal ecosystems.
|Learning materials – Learning materials that provide fundamental knowledge about how the ocean works and how coastal ecosystems are structured and function. Learning materials typically include online videos of varying length, readings and quizzes.||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On-campus workshops support learning materials, introduce the content to be covered on field trips and support students in completing the major assessments.||2hrs||Week 1||8 times|
|Fieldwork – Fieldtrips support key concepts presented in both the learning materials and tutorials, and provide opportunities for students to apply their skills in a field setting||8hrs||Week 4||2 times|
Ocean currents, winds and tides, estuaries, seagrasses, mangroves, reefs, seaweeds and kelps, climate change impacts, marine conservation ecology.
200 Level (Developing)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Communicate effectively and professionally to informed audiences.||
|2||Demonstrate and apply knowledge of major marine ecosystems and the forces that shape marine biodiversity.||Knowledgeable|
|3||Critically analyse and evaluate field data to investigate basic ecological patterns in coastal ecosystems.||
Creative and critical thinker
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SCI110 or SCI102 or ANM104
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Online quizzes will be available throughout the semester in class, whereby students can submit answers to questions and receive formative feedback on current understanding of the material.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
Up to 20 questions.
|Refer to Format||In Class|
|Week 6||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
15 minutes (12 minute presentation, plus 3 minutes of questions)
|Week 12||In Class|
|All||4||Examination - Centrally Scheduled||Individual||50%||
|Exam Period||Online Test (Quiz)|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Weekly Quiz|
Revise the weekly content and prepare for the final exam.
Online quizzes (likely Kahoot) weeks 2-9.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Group data submission|
To demonstrate ability to work as a group to collect and collate marine ecology field data
Formatted excel document (per template)
|All - Assessment Task 3:Group presentation|
To demonstrate knowledge and basic analytical skills in the scientific investigation of coastal and marine ecosystems.
A concise 15 minute presentation (12 minute presentation, plus 3 minutes of questions) and PowerPoint slides, that summarises the rationale, methods and key results of the field trip(s), including tests of ecological hypotheses based on analyses of data collected by students, and contextualisation of the findings with respect to species biology and conservation.
|All - Assessment Task 4:Final examination|
To demonstrate knowledge of marine and coastal ecology as taught in the course.
|Product:||Examination - Centrally Scheduled|
A two (2) hour online exam
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
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