UWA Handbook 2017

Honours course

Honours in Marine Science

As an honours student in Marine Science, you will conduct research into the structure and/or functioning of the relatively understudied marine ecosystem. Research projects range from marine conservation and fisheries management through community and population ecology and behaviour to physical and biological oceanography or coastal management. You may study near-shore benthic habitats or the open oceans or even the deep-sea, either collecting data yourself or analysing that gathered remotely by video or sonic recorders. In doing so you will acquire skills in critical thinking, experimental design and analysis, scientific writing and public presentation. This will equip you for entry into postgraduate research programs or workplaces such as environmental consultancies or local and national government agencies.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) undertake independent research, including design, data collection and analysis, into an aspect of the marine environment; (2) develop skills of critical thinking, problem solving and risk assessment as they plan and execute their research project; and (3) communicate ideas, concepts and research findings clearly, effectively and appropriately via written, verbal and visual methods.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Marine Science major.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period
Take the following unit:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural SciencesPrerequisites: enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours; STAT1400 Statistics for Science or STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics or STAT2210 Biometrics 1 or SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis or SCIE4401 Data Use in the Natural Sciences
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1BIOL4405Invertebrate ZoologyPrerequisites: a major in Zoology or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate ZoologyPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries ManagementPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL4408Marine EcologyPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes or equivalent
NSBIOL4409Ecological Field MethodsPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL5505Marine Neuroecology and BehaviourPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL5542Conservation GeneticsPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSENVT4403Coastal and Estuarine ProcessesPrerequisites: enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems ApplicationsNone
NSENVT5502Marine and Coastal Planning and ManagementPrerequisites: SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences or completion of 12 points at Level 4 or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
Incompatibility: EART3331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management; EART8331 Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem BiogeochemistryPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Hydrogeology (72540).
Incompatibility: ENVT3305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, ENVT8305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and PlanningPrerequisites: enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility: ENVT3321 Climate Change Policy and Planning, ENVT8321 Climate Change Policy and Planning
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural SystemsPrerequisites: enrolment in Master of Professional Engineering (62550) or Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geoscience (72550), Master of Hydrogeology (72540), Master of Science (70630) or Master of Biotechnology or honours in the Faculty of Science
NSSCIE5505Global Change and the Marine EnvironmentPrerequisites: enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or honours in the Faculty of Science
Group A—take all units from either Group A or Group B:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1, S2ANIM4005Zoology Research Presentation SkillsPrerequisites: enrolment in Zoology honours specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) (HON-CONBI Conservation Biology) (HON-MARSC Marine Science)
Co-requisites: ANIM5003 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 3, ANIM5004 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 4
S1, S2ANIM4006Zoology Research DevelopmentPrerequisites: enrolment in Zoology honours specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) (HON-CONBI Conservation Biology) (HON-MARSC Marine Science)
Co-requisites: ANIM5001 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 1
S1, S2ANIM5001Zoology Research Dissertation Part 1Prerequisites: enrolment in Zoology honours specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) or (HON-CONBI Conservation Biology) or (HON-MARSC Marine Science)
Co-requisites: ANIM4006 Zoology Research Development, ANIM5002 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 2
Incompatibility: ANIM5004 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 4
S1, S2ANIM5002Zoology Research Dissertation Part 2Prerequisites: enrolment in Zoology honours specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) (HON-CONBI Conservation Biology) (HON-MARSC Marine Science)
Co-requisites: ANIM5001 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 1
S1, S2ANIM5003Zoology Research Dissertation Part 3Prerequisites: enrolment in Bachelor of Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) in Zoology or Conservation Biology or Marine Science
Co-requisites: ANIM5004 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 4
S1, S2ANIM5004Zoology Research Dissertation Part 4Prerequisites: enrolment in Zoology honours specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites: ANIM4405 Zoology Communicating Science, ANIM5003 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 3
Group B—take unit(s) according to rule for Group A:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1, S2PLNT4511Plant Biology Research Project DevelopmentPrerequisites: enrolment in the BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Botany, Conservation Biology or Marine Science.
S1, S2PLNT4512Plant Biology Research PresentationCo-requisites: PLNT5544 Botany Research Dissertation Part 4
S1, S2PLNT5541Plant Biology Honours Research Dissertation Part 1Co-requisites: PLNT4511 Plant Biology Research Project Development
S1, S2PLNT5542Plant Biology Honours Research Dissertation Part 2Co-requisites: PLNT4511 Plant Biology Research Project Development
S1, S2PLNT5543Plant Biology Honours Research Dissertation Part 3Co-requisites: PLNT4511 Plant Biology Research Project Development
S1, S2PLNT5544Plant Biology Honours Research Dissertation Part 4Co-requisites: PLNT4511 Plant Biology Research Project Development