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Marine Botany (BIO254)

Organisational Unit Conservation Science
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit aims to provide you with a working knowledge of algal and marine plant diversity and evolution and their functional interaction with the environment. The unit will cover the algal part of the Kingdom Protista, the Cyanobacteria in the Kingdom Monera and marine representatives in the Plant Kingdom. The unit emphasises morphological diversity, reproductive processes and strategies, adaptation, function and evolution, and ecology. Emphasis is placed on marine organisms throughout the unit.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should have an understanding of:
1. The diversity of marine photosynthetic organisms
2. The physiology of marine photosynthetic organisms and how they respond to their environment
3. What the likely human impacts on the marine environment are and particularly how photosynthetic organisms in the marine environment are likely to respond to these changes.
This unit will contribute to the development of the following Graduate Attributes.
1. Competence in the laboratory, including skills of observation, interpretation, drawing, plant dissection and microscope use.
2. Social interaction in the laboratory classes, using shared resources and working together to solve problems.
3. Independent study techniques.
4. An awareness of the global diversity of algae and plants and their adaptation to their environment.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 x 1 hour per week; laboratories: 3 hours per week for 7 weeks plus a non-assessed revision practical in Week 1.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit aims:
1. To introduce the diversity of marine photosynthetic organisms, including representatives from the Kingdoms Monera, Protista and Plantae.
2. Describe the structural and functional adaptations made by photosynthetic organisms to the marine environment, including the physiology of photosynthesis.
3. Examine what role photosynthetic organisms play in the marine environment and how they are likely to respond to the changes currently impacting our oceans.
Learning objectives
On successful completion of the unit the student should have an understanding of:
1. The diversity of marine photosynthetic organisms
2. The physiology of marine photosynthetic organisms and how they respond to their environment
3. What the likely human impacts on the marine environment are and particularly how photosynthetic organisms in the marine environment are likely to respond to these changes.

The lecture series will highlight the theoretical background for the diversity of marine photosynthetic organisms, physiological processes and their ecological role, including human impacts. The lectures will be complemented by a series of laboratory classes which will illustrate the diversity material and provide opportunities to study the physiological aspects of these organisms; this will be assessed by laboratory reports submitted at the end of each class and a practical examination at the end of semester. A targeted 2000-word essay will enable students to research a relevant topic in detail. Assessment will include 7 laboratory reports, a researched essay (2000 words) and practical and theory exams.
Assessment Assessment will include weekly laboratory reports for part of the semester, participation in one review tutorial, a researched essay and practical and theory exams.
7 laboratory reports (submitted in lab) weekly for part of the semester (25% - 2 x 5%, 5 x3 %)
1 Researched essay (2000 words) (25%)
Practical Examination - (1 hour) Short answer responses on the laboratory material (10%)
Theory Examination - (2 hours) Short answers and multiple choice on any aspect of the unit (40%)
Prerequisites BIO103 Environmental Biology/Introduction to Environmental Biology or BIO180 Introduction to Marine Biology.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed BIO265 Plant Diversity or BIO287 Plant Diversity (Marine Science) may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2014: 'Plant Diversity (Marine Science)'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Marine Biology (BSc) [New in 2017]
Marine Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Minors Plant Biology
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
BIO254
Dr Mike Van Keulen
Senior Lecturer in Plant Sciences

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2369
e: M.Keulen@murdoch.edu.au
o: 240.2.039 - Biological Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
BIO254

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Mike Van Keulen
Senior Lecturer in Plant Sciences

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2369
e: M.Keulen@murdoch.edu.au
o: 240.2.039 - Biological Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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