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Marine Ecology (BIO377)
|Organisational Unit||Environmental and Conservation Sciences|
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S1
|Description||This unit examines marine and estuarine ecosystems, their organisms and how these ecosystems function.
An introduction to marine ecology is provided, followed by an examination of various aspects of planktonic,
estuarine, intertidal, benthic and coral reef communities. The information is used to illustrate the temporal
and spatial structure and functioning of marine ecosystems. An essential part of the unit is a one-week field
camp, which will be held in the week preceding the start of Semester 1.
|Unit Learning Outcomes||On successful completion of the unit you should:
1. be able to describe marine and estuarine ecosystems and associated organisms on a local, regional and global scale;
2. be able to describe key marine and estuarine ecosystem processes using relevant examples;
3. be able to evaluate the impacts of changing global climate and environmental conditions on the marine environment;
4. be able to work in the field and laboratory with others and to operate in a team environment.
The unit will contribute to development the following graduate attributes:
1. be able to research and critically think about recent research;
2. be able to prepare and write a significant scientific report;
3. be able to design experiments, analyse information and evolve appropriate hypotheses using experimental field data and published material;
4. be able to design and undertake advanced statistical analysis of field data and present the results in an appropriate format.
|Timetabled Learning Activities||Lectures: 3 hours per week except weeks 3 and 13; lecture/workshops in weeks 3 and 13; data analysis
clinics: 4 x 3 hours per week for the first 4 weeks of Semester 1 only; tutorials: 2 x 2 hours; fieldwork: 1-
week fieldwork component in the week before the commencement of Semester 1 (approximately 40
|Unit Learning Experiences||This unit covers the following topics:
* Marine Ecology
* The Intertidal
* Productivity and Trophic Interactions
* Benthic Communities
* Ecological and Evolutionary Processes in Marine Systems
* Tropical Reefs
* The Deep Sea
* Organismal Interactions.
* Global Climate Change
* Applied Marine Ecology.
A lecture at the end of the unit introduces students to some of the marine ecology research interests of academics in the Environmental & Conservation Sciences.
The unit aims are:
1. Introduce students to the special features of marine and estuarine environments and some of the major habitats
2. Highlight the adaptations organisms have made to marine and estuarine life, highlighting ecological interactions and using local examples
This will be achieved by immersing the students in the WA marine environment during a 1-week field camp where they will become familiar with common local marine organisms and participate in industry standard ecological field exercises. The students are required to work in groups to design, carry out, analyse and write up their project work. The lecture series during semester will introduce a broad range of marine and estuarine habitats and organisms from a marine ecology perspective.
|Assessment||Fish Report (10%)
Field Report (40%)
Lecture/workshops (10%) :Participation in whole-of-class discussions about a lecture theme (5%) and submission of a short reflection of literature online (5%).
Tutorial participation (10%)
|Prerequisites||BIO261/BIO244 Animal Diversity/Animal Speciation, Radiation, Evolution, or BIO287 Plant Diversity (Marine Science) / BIO254 Marine Botany or BIO265/BIO245 Plant Diversity/Plant Evolution, Radiation and Adaptation, or ENV268/ENV241 Ecology.|
|Exclusions||Students who have successfully completed BIO384 Marine and Estuarine Biology may not enrol in this unit for credit.|
|Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
|Appears in these Minors||Marine Biology
|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch 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.|