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Oceanography and Marine Pollution (ENV244)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal (quota of 50 places)
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description The first half of this unit discusses the physical and chemical properties of sea water, oceanic circulation, coastal bathymetry, currents, tides, waves, storms, surges and oceanic measurements along with pollution transport and diffusion. This underpins an examination of a theoretical background to natural ecosystem processes and pollution effects in the marine system in the latter half of the unit. Topics: eutrophication, thermal effluent and sediment, oil, metals and halogenated hydrocarbons. Field work provides students with the opportunity to undertake practical oceanographic sampling.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Describe the physical, chemical and biological processes that affect the ecology of marine environments.
2. Identify and distinguish between environmental impacts associated with natural and anthropogenic sources in marine environments.
3. Develop practical skills in the monitoring of marine environments enabling the analysis and interpretation of data for effective management and conservation.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; laboratory classes: 9 x 3 hours; 1 boat trip: ~ 3 hours, 2 field collection trips (2 x ~3 hours).
Unit Learning Experiences ENV244 has structured timetable learning in the form of 2 lectures per week and one 3 hour laboratory class per week for nine weeks, one boat trip and 2 field sampling trips. Practical research aspects are brought into class as small scale in-class experiments; Lecture context incorporates latest research developments within the field of oceanography and marine pollution. The laboratory classes, boat trip and two field sampling trips in conjunction with laboratory set up. Field sampling techniques reinforce the theory taught in the lectures and provides students with hands-on practical experience. The learning aspect of the theory is integrated into the practical work therefore incorporating learning and reading time within the assignments. This unit exposes students to a number of necessary skills required to enter the Marine Science work force.
Other Learning Experiences Students take part in a number of field trips that support and are integral to the laboratory experience that are used to underpin the theoretical components of this unit. These include: a boat trip, sediment sampling and collection of algae.
Assessment Field account on boat trip, consolidating the theory and practical learned skills in a guided account (numerical, short answer and extended response) 20%
Report (15%)
Marine pollution is assessed through question and answers on laboratory, directed computer simulation and field skills (15%)
Two self-paced assignments (not marked but allotted time 3 hours each)
Final exam consisting of multiple choice, short answer and extended response (50%)
Prerequisites BIO103 Environmental Biology/Introduction to Environmental Biology or BIO180 Introduction to Marine Biology; ENV213/ENV242 Atmospheric Science; and PEC144 Chemical Principles/CHE144 Foundations of Chemistry.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ENV204 Principles of Oceanography and Marine Pollution or ENV282 Oceanography and Marine Pollution may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Quota is due to occupational health and safety limits on boat numbers and limited laboratory space. Selection is based on academic achievement in ENV213/ENV242 Atmospheric Science.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Marine Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Jennifer Verduin
Interim Head of Discipline Environmental and Conservation Sciences

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6412
e: J.Verduin@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.036 - Physical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Jennifer Verduin
Interim Head of Discipline Environmental and Conservation Sciences

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6412
e: J.Verduin@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.036 - Physical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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