UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

BIOL4408 Marine Ecology

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodAlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Conservation Biology; Marine Science; Zoology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content This unit covers the ecological processes that produce community structure in a range of marine habitats including rocky and sandy intertidal areas, temperate and coral reefs. It also investigates how human intervention, both directly by habitat modification and indirectly through climate change, may interfere with those processes. Students completing the unit have a working knowledge of a variety of marine habitats and are able to consider how extrinsic and intrinsic factors affect the structure and functioning of their communities.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) sustain discussion as to the mechanisms that produce the structure of communities in intertidal areas, temperate reefs and coral reefs; (2) design, conduct and analyse a descriptive sampling program and/or a simple manipulative experiment in a shallow marine habitat; (3) present findings both orally and in the format of a scientific paper; and (4) appreciate the occupational health and safety considerations of working in the marine environment.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a project report (50 per cent); (2) an oral presentation (10 per cent); (3) an evaluation of field methods or short report (20 per cent); and (4) a scientific note (20 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Jane Prince
Unit rules
Prerequisites: 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
Advisable prior study: This unit assumes a strong background in ecology.
Contact hours This unit is block-taught during the summer semester and involves a field trip of five days plus travel time at a a cost of up to $300 to the student, plus up to three days of lectures and planning (including occupational health and safety) and up to four days of analysis and presentation of results. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours, 80 of which are contact hours.
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/BIOL4408/TS-P-1A/2017

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