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Marine Science Topics (ENV539)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Description This unit covers current topics in marine science and different ones may be offered each year. This unit will allow students to extend their learning to encompass new knowledge at the forefront of marine research and management. Examples of topics offered include quantification of human use of the marine environment, algal biotechnology, marine mammal conservation and assessment and management of data-poor fisheries.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 12 x 2 hours in four blocks of six lectures (one block for each topic); workshops: 4 x 2 hours (one for each topic).
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is through lectures, readings and workshops. Blocks of lectures covering each current topic in Marine Science will be given by specialists in the field. Students will be exposed to the latest in marine research results and relevant marine management issues. In addition, each topic will have a hands-on workshop/ field trip appropriate to the topic.
Assessment Each topic will have one assessment item equivalent to 1,500 words
These may include synthesis papers on the topic, poster or oral presentations on readings, planning of a monitoring scheme, analysis of data or literature reviews.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level (AQF level 8) Science course.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment and Management (GradCertEnvAsstMan)
Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science (GradCertEnvSc)
Graduate Certificate in Protected Area Administration (GradCertPAAdmin) [New in 2015]
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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