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Tropical Marine Biology (BIO383)

Organisational Unit School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Credit Points 4
Availability MURDOCH: W-internal (quota of 40 places)
Description Ningaloo Reef is Australia's longest fringing coral reef and one of the world's largest. This broad-ranging advanced marine biology unit provides an opportunity to study tropical marine biology and ecology in a coral reef setting. It provides an introduction to Western Australian biogeography and habitats, covering advanced topics in biology, physiology and ecology of marine plants and animals. Human impacts and conservation of tropical marine environments are addressed. The field camp provides training and experience in field techniques.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 15 lectures; laboratories: 8 hours in four classes; tutorials: 1 x 2 hours. Lectures and tutorial classes will normally be held at Murdoch campus over a five-day period, although some may be held during the field camp.
Due to the nature of offering this unit students are recommended to seek confirmation of the exact attendance dates and requirements from the Unit Coordinator closer to the commencement date of the teaching period.
Other Learning Experiences A 12-day field camp will be run at the Coral Bay Research Station on the Ningaloo Reef, followed by the on-campus component which includes lectures and a tutorial.
Assessment Assessment for this unit includes 2 group reports and 2 group presentations for the two field exercises conducted during the field camp. A theory examination will test students' understanding of the theory component. A tutorial will help students comprehend the role of the biological information presented in the course in the broader, global context.
Group reports - two, one for each of two projects (30%)
Group presentations - two, one for each project (30%)
Tutorial participation (10%)
Theory examination (30%)
Prerequisites BIO261/BIO244 Animal Diversity OR BIO265/BIO245 Plant Diversity OR BIO287 Plant Diversity (Marine Science) OR ENV268/ENV241 Ecology OR permission of the Unit Coordinator.
Notes This unit will have additional costs for the field trip component. Additional costs include but are not limited to travel, accommodation, meals, facilities hire, etc.
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Quota is due to limited transport and accommodation. In addition to quota, a minimum of 12 enrolments are required for this unit to proceed. Preference will be given to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Marine Science.
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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.
Tropical Marine Biology (BIO393) - as for BIO383 except as follows
Organisational Unit School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability Not available this year
Timetabled Learning Activities Note that this unit is taught intensively over 3.5 weeks. Lectures: 12 lectures; field camp: 10 days. Lectures will normally be held at Murdoch campus over a five-day period, although some may be held during the field camp. A 10-day field camp will be run at the Coral Bay Research Station on the Ningaloo Reef, followed by the on-campus component which includes lectures and a tutorial, as well as supported report-writing.
Due to the nature of offering this unit students are recommended to seek confirmation of the exact attendance dates and requirements from the Unit Coordinator closer to the commencement date of the teaching period.
Other Learning Experiences One 10-day field trip to the Coral Bay Research Station on the Ningaloo Reef, which provides an immersive field research experience in a tropical marine environment. During the field camp laboratory sessions will provide training in algal and coral identification and survey techniques. Assessment of this component is group reports and presentations of the field projects.
Assessment Assessment for this unit includes 2 group reports and 2 30-minute group presentations for the two field exercises conducted during the field camp. A 1-hour theory examination will test students' understanding of the theory component.
Group reports - two, one for each of two projects (30%)
Group presentations - two, one for each project (30%)
Theory examination (40%)
Prerequisites BIO261/BIO244 Animal Diversity OR BIO265/BIO245 Plant Diversity OR BIO287 Plant Diversity (Marine Science) OR ENV268/ENV241 Ecology OR permission of the Unit Coordinator.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed BIO383 Tropical Marine Biology may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes Winter term unit for approximately 3.5 weeks with a 10-day field trip and the remainder on campus. This unit will have additional costs for the field trip component. Additional costs include but are not limited to travel, accommodation, meals, facilities hire, etc.
Quota This unit is not subject to quota.
Appears in these Minors Marine 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.

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