- Code BIOL6116
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Marine Biology
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Christopher Fulton
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2016
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Marine ecosystems play a crucial role in the health and function of our planet - from tiny plankton that shape global patterns of carbon and sulphur cycling, to massive coral reefs that support enormous biodiversity and feed millions of people. Once thought to be indestructible and inexhaustible, we now know that such marine communities are fragile and easily disturbed. In this course we will use both old and new concepts in marine ecology to explore how healthy marine ecosystems can be conserved in the face of human harvesting, habitat modification and climate change. Taking a problem-based approach, this course will examine six key issues (climate change, pollution, coral reef collapse, overfishing, aquaculture, marine protected areas) through lectures, hands-on tutorials and assessments. Students will gain first-hand experience in the quantitative methods used to describe and assess approaches to marine conservation, as well as some new presentation skills via novel assessment items such as the role-playing press conference and graphical abstract design.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Think critically, analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments concerning marine environmental issues
- Collect, analyse and present marine ecological data
- Write scientific articles, environmental status reports and media releases
- Work and communicate as part of a research team
- Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- Research current issues, interpret relevant legislation and frame solutions to problems facing Australia's marine resource
Indicative AssessmentPG Assessment will be based on:
• Scientific Report (20%): You will collect data as a class (LO 2, 3), make your own analysis and evaluation of the data-based evidence (LO 1), then present your findings in a scientific article (LO 2) that will incorporate a comprehensive and critical literature review on the report topic (LO 1).
• Environmental Brief (15%): You will research current scientific information and relevant legislation on a current marine ecological issue (LO 5). You will present your findings and recommendations in a plain-English written report (LO 1, 2).
• Press Conference (15%): Working as a team (LO 3), you will present your findings from the status report as a media release (LO 2) and field questions from a role-playing audience in a staged press conference (LO 4, 5).
• Graphical Abstract (20%): You will select a current scientific article in marine ecology and design a graphical abstract that illustrates the main findings of the paper in a single picture, in such a way as to be understandable to a broad audience (LO 1, 4, 5)
• Reflective Learning Journal (30%): You will be asked to keep a reflective learning journal that records how your understanding of five key marine environmental issues has changed throughout the course. This will require you to think critically, analyse available information and present a logical argument on current issues concerning marine ecological systems (LO 1, 5).
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WorkloadTwo lectures and one tutorial per week.
Prescribed TextsConnell SD, Gillanders BM (2007) Marine Ecology. Oxford University Press, Oxford
Assumed KnowledgeGiven the advanced nature of this course, prospective students should have completed at least one other BIOL course prior to enrolment. We recommend EMSC6107 to provide complementary skills in marine science.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8695||18 Jul 2016||29 Jul 2016||31 Aug 2016||28 Oct 2016||In Person||N/A|