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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Marine Science; Marine Biology major sequences

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.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) final examination (practical); (2) regular in-class exercises/quizzes; and (3) short reports. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Tai Goncalves Loureiro and Professor Gary Kendrick
Unit rules
Successful completion of
SCIE2204 Marine Systems and ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or Successful completion of
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry or equivalent
or CHEX1003 Introductory Chemistry
Advisable prior study
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
Contact hours
workshops: 4 hours per week for 12 weeks
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.