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Unit Overview


This unit provides a background in the types of marine habitats and the organisms that make up those habitats. Students will incorporate current understanding of basic ecological principles as they apply to marine organisms and marine habitats. On-line lectures and fact sheets will be combined with relevant ecological readings. Students will be assessed with regular on-line quizzes and interpretive assignments together with a final exam.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) recognise and classify the diversity of marine organisms and the habitats in which they live; (2) integrate the biological and physical requirements of marine species with the characteristics of the marine environment; (3) articulate the important biological and physical processes supporting life in the marine environment; and (4) show proficiency in analytical thinking and the development of logical arguments.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a two-hour written examination and (2) online quizzes and assignments. 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 Karen Filbee-Dexter and Dr Tai Goncalves Loureiro
Unit rules
Enrolment in
72520 Master of Biological Science
or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
Unit(s) SCIE2204 Marine Systems
and Unit(s) BIOL2204 Marine Biology
Advisable prior study
A general background in Biology
Contact hours
Lectures: equivalent to 2 hours per week (online)
Practical exercises: equivalent to 2 hours per week (online)
workshops: 2 hours per fortnight (face to face)
field excursion: one 3hr session.
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  • 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.