Year
2020
Units
4.5
Contact
2 x 50-minute lectures weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
3 x 2-hour practicals per semester
2 x 6-hour excursions per semester
Prerequisites
1 BIOL1101 - Evolution of Biological Diversity
2 BIOL1102 - Molecular Basis of Life
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Topic description
This topic examines the evolution, diversity, ecology, behaviour, anatomy, physiology, and conservation biology of marine mammals, birds and reptiles. This topic will provide an in depth understanding of the biology of marine mammals, birds and reptiles,their role in world's marine ecosystems, as well as their exploitation and protection in Australia and abroad, including indigenous knowledge and perspectives where appropriate. The scientific principles and methodologies to study these taxa will be outlined using local and international examples as well as practicals and field excursions.
Educational aims
This topic aims to provide students with:

  1. An understanding of the evolution, diversity, ecology, behaviour, anatomy, physiology, and conservation biology of marine mammals, birds and reptiles
  2. An understanding of the interactions between human activities in the oceans and marine mammals, birds and reptiles, and applicable conservation and management strategies
  3. A broad knowledge of the methods and techniques used to study these taxa
  4. Improved problem solving abilities and enhanced oral and written presentation skills
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of the topic, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Have a broad understanding of the biology of marine mammals, birds and reptiles and the techniques used to study these taxa
  2. Appreciate the application and limitations of that understanding to the investigation, conservation and management of marine wildlife and their surrounding environments
  3. Communicate (orally and in writing) the results of scientific investigations into marine wildlife