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Marine Wildlife (BIO381)
|Organisational Unit||Environmental and Conservation Sciences|
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S2
|Description||This unit extends the introduction to zoology in prerequisite units. Students will be encouraged to interpret
the physiology, ecology and behaviour of marine mammals, birds, reptiles and fish in the context of the
properties of the marine environment and the evolutionary histories of each group. The students will
develop a fundamental understanding of the ecology and physiology of marine vertebrates and apply this
knowledge to solving conservation challenges.
|Unit Learning Outcomes||After completion of the Unit, student will be able to:
1. Research how mammals, birds, reptiles and fish are adapting to the key physical features of the marine
2. Communicate complex biological data in graphical form
3. Evaluate the utility of different methodologies to study the ecology of marine wildlife..
4. Synthesise information on threats faced by marine wildlife and devise strategies to mitigate them.
|Timetabled Learning Activities||Lectures: 1 hour per week (recorded and available on-line);
Practical classes: 4 hour computer laboratory exercise followed by a detailed report on findings;
7 x 2 hour tutorials.
|Unit Learning Experiences||.Students will learn in a variety of ways during this unit. In the weekly lecture, we will cover fundamental
knowledge of the biology of marine wildlife, as well as hear from a range of scientists that actively work on
the conservation of this diverse group. The content of the lectures will be explored further in tutorials,
where an interactive learning experience will contribute to understanding the material covered in lectures.
Students will also be expected to learn in their own time by reading select literature provided for all topics.
A practical will provide hands-on research experience regarding the cutting-edge tools used by scientists to
study marine wildlife.
|Assessment||Essay (20%): 1500 word + references essay chosen from a range of topics.
Practical (40%) comprising of: a Laboratory journal (10%) and Laboratory report (30%). Word limit 500
words 3000 words (+references) respectively
Examination (40%): End of semester final exam covering lecture content.
|Prerequisites||BIO244 Animal Diversity/Animal Speciation, Radiation and Evolution OR ENV241 Ecology|
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|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.|