Year
2020
Units
4.5
Contact
2 x 1-hour lectures weekly
8 x 3-hour workshops per semester
3 x 3-hour practicals per semester
2 x 3-hour field trips per semester
Assessment
Posters, Oral Presentations, Critical Readings, Fieldtrip Written Report, Participation, Written Examination
Topic description
This topic introduces students to the field of marine biology. It includes an introduction to the science of marine biology, an overview of marine organisms, an introduction to marine ecosystems and major resources from the sea, and principles of marine conservation and management. The tutorials and practicals develop generic skills in research, analysis and communication as applied to topical issues in marine biology. The practicals also provide students with first hands on experience with marine organisms and sampling techniques during local fieldtrips. Both tutorials and practicals develop students' communication and written skills in the context of marine biology.
Educational aims
This topic aims to provide a supportive and stimulating environment in which students:

  1. Develop an understanding of the foundations of marine biology
  2. Appreciate the breadth of marine biology

  3. Develop analytical and research skills
  4. Develop awareness of the societal contexts in which marine biologists work
  5. Develop effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of the topic, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the fundamentals of marine biology, including marine organisms, environments, resources and their conservation management
  2. Communicate information in the field of marine biology by participating in presentations during tutorial and practical sessions and by submitting written reports
  3. Work independently and in teams in marine biology related projects
  4. Investigate scientific evidence and analyse scientific issues in marine biology
  5. Use basic marine biology sampling techniques