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Marine Wildlife (BIO381)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Description This unit builds on the introduction to zoology in BIO244 and ecology in ENV241. Students will be encouraged to interpret the physiology, ecology and behaviour of marine mammals, birds, reptiles and fish in the context of the opportunities and strictures of the marine environment and the evolutionary histories of each group. They will then apply that knowledge to conservation and management problems for marine wildlife.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Describe the key physical features of the marine environment that influence the evolution and adaptation of marine wildlife
2. Explain the key adaptations to marine life of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish.
3. Design and apply survey and census programs for marine wildlife.
4. Estimate population numbers and distribution of marine mammals using industry standard freeware.
5. Synthesise information on sustainable harvest, tourism impacts, public perception and the wildlife management principles in Los 3 and 4 above to prepare management plans for marine wildlife.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week (recorded and available on-line); Practical classes: 1 week intensive (consisting of laboratory exercises, workshops, and field trips).
Unit Learning Experiences The three main learning experiences in the unit are lectures to deliver unit content, laboratory classes to provide hands-on experience with wildlife specimens and computer software, and a field trip to provide experience in population monitoring techniques focusing on seabirds.
Assessment Examination (40%): End of semester final exam covering lecture content.
Practicals/Workshop/Fieldtrip Exercises (40%):
* Field trip report on survey methods and population density estimates (20%).
* Laboratory journal recording results/observations of laboratory classes (20%).
* Essay (20%): 2,000 word essay chosen from a range of topics.
Prerequisites BIO244 Animal Diversity/Animal Speciation, Radiation and Evolution OR ENV241 Ecology
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Marine Biology (BSc) [New in 2017]
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.


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