- Class Number 1625
- Term Code 3120
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Stewart Fallon
- Prof Michael Ellwood
- Prof Nerilie Abram
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/01/2021
- Class End Date 31/03/2021
- Census Date 05/02/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 05/02/2021
This intensive field course aims to provide students with advanced knowledge of modern and fossil carbonate environments, and the role of biological processes in reef building and erosion. It complements EMSC3023 Marine Biogeochemistry and BIOL3116 Marine Ecology, and is for students seeking a profession in marine science, environmental science or geochemistry. Several days will be spent at a coral reef location studying a modern reefal setting, fossil reef depositional environments and relevant biological processes. Activities will include both advanced lectures and field surveys.
This course has a limited enrolment and permission is required to enrol in this course. Please register interest by emailing the course convener or email@example.com (it is advisable to to this before the end of semester 1).
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Recognise and map different environments and bio-zones on a carbonate reef platform.
- Apply field techniques used to describe and assess carbonate reef ecosystems.
- Produce maps of the reef flat.
- Gain a working knowledge of how to measure carbonate chemistry in the field.
- Describe the history of deposition of carbonate reef platforms over Holocene time.
- Demonstrate understanding of basic biological processes of coral reefs.
- Identify the major issues facing the future of carbonate reef ecosystems and the strategies that may be used to address these threats.
In the field you will undertake mapping a coral reef flat area and undertake a research project specific to Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef.
Course will take place on Lady Elliot Island
Additional Course Costs
Students must pay $800 to attend the course. Payment can be made via Scienceshop .
Examination Material or equipment
Exam on the island.
Recommended student system requirements
ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:
- video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
- two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
- email and other messaging tools for communication
- interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
- print and photo/scan for handwritten work
- home-based assessment.
To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:
- A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
- Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
- Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
- Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
- Printing, and photo/scanning equipment
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Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Mapping, research and lectures on Lady Elliot Island. The intensive face-to-face component will take place Feb 7-14, with assignments due before March 31, 2021.|
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Oral Presentation of research project on Lady Elliot Island||10 %||2,5,6,7|
|Exam on island||30 %||1,2,3,4,5,6,7|
|Research Project Report||30 %||1,2,3|
|Map of coral reef flat area||30 %||1,2,3|
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 2,5,6,7
Oral Presentation of research project on Lady Elliot Island
Present a description of your research project and any results
Due while on the island
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Exam on island
Exam on Island based on lectures on the Island.
Due while on the island
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Research Project Report
Standard report describing research project, why important, results, discussion, conclusion and what next.
Due in mid/late March. Check Wattle for details.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Map of coral reef flat area
Produce a detailed map of the reef flat area of Lady Elliot Island highlighting organisms and zones of the reef flat.
Due in end of Feb/early March. Check Wattle for details.
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Coral reefs, geochemistry, radiocarbon, environmental studies
Prof Stewart Fallon
Prof Michael Ellwood
Prof Nerilie Abram