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Introduction to Marine Biology (BIO180)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit provides an introduction to marine organisms and ecosystems and thus a framework for further study of marine biology. Students will develop specialist knowledge in marine biology and skills in the identification of marine organisms and the conduct of marine research. The main topics covered are: (i) the marine environment; (ii) the types and variety of marine organisms; and (iii) major ecological categories of marine organisms.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the Unit, a student should be able to:
1. describe, analyse and critically discuss some of the main biological properties of marine systems;
2. provide marine examples of general biological principles and phenomena;
3. identify common types of marine organisms;
4. conduct marine-related research and report the results in a professional and scientific manner;
5. collect, collate and use information to develop meaningful answers to questions on topics in marine biology.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; laboratories: 4 x 3-hour sessions (includes 1 hour pre-lab) over the semester; workshops: 4 x 2-hour sessions.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to encourage student choice and independent and deep learning. All students conduct an independent study project, which, as the name implies, is largely student driven. Students can choose between a literature project, which is ideal for students who enjoy self-learning and want choice over when they study, and a documentary project, which is ideal for students who enjoy group work and learning in more structured environments. Workshops are used to provide assistance for the documentary project. Test and exam questions are available at the beginning of semester to facilitate deep learning.
Assessment A practical exam is used to test skills in identifying marine organisms. The independent study project is assessed via reports that test skills related to conducting marine research. This project is progressively conducted throughout the semester, with feedback provided by members of the teaching team at critical points in the process. The final exam tests knowledge of marine biology and ability to collect, collate and use information to develop meaningful answers to questions. A test is conducted during semester to give students an indication of the effectiveness of their approach to studying for the final exam.
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Marine Biology (BSc) [New in 2017]
Marine Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Minors Ecosystem Management
Fisheries Science
Marine Biology
Plant Biology
Resource Management
Wildlife Conservation
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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