UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

BIOL2204 Marine Biology

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Marine Science major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
Content This unit introduces students to the diversity of algae, seagrasses and animals that inhabit our oceans. Students attain a broad general knowledge of the biology and life histories of marine species plus specific knowledge of certain focus groups. They learn identification skills that will enable them to identify common species in the field and work with collections in the laboratory. There is an emphasis on local species. Contact hours (nominally called workshops) consist of tutorial style discussions, occasional guest lectures, practical exercises, field excursions and computer laboratories. Background information is provided online. Attendance at workshops is compulsory.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate a knowledge of the diversity of marine organisms; (2) identify common species by sight and less common species using keys and/or pictorial guides; (3) demonstrate an understanding of the biological requirements of marine species and the way these are met in the marine environment; and (4) demonstrate a knowledge of the form and function of marine organisms, and the consequences of uniquely marine lifestyles.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) final examinations (theory and practical); (2) regular quizzes; and (3) essay and/or scientific report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the final examinations (theory and practical) component of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Jane Prince and Professor Gary Kendrick
Unit rules
Prerequisites: SCIE2204 Marine Systems
Advisable prior study: BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
Contact hours workshops: up to 4 hours per week for 13 weeks
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/BIOL2204/SEM-2/2017

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