Marine Biology


Introduces the world's oceans, which offer a wide range of environmental conditions to support marine life. Specific topics studied include the ocean environment, marine habitat types, classification and description of marine organisms, ecology of marine life and human impact on the marine environment.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. An understanding of environmental conditions and human impacts that are affecting marine life;

2. Knowledge of and ability to classify organisms.


1. The Ocean Environment
2. Marine Habitat Types
a) Marine provinces (zones)
b) Pelagic habitats
c) Benthic habitats
d) Intertidal habitats
e) Estuaries
f) Coral reefs
g) Deep ocean
3. Life in the Oceans; Marine Life 1
a) Introduction to classification.
b) Kingdom Monera
c) Kingdom Protista
d) Kingdom Protista
e) Kingdom Plantae
f) Kingdom Fungi
4.Life in the Oceans; Marine Life 2 (Animal Kingdom)
a) Porifera
b) Cnidaria
c) Ctenophora
d) Unsegmented marine worms
e) Segmented marine worms
f) Mollusca
g) Arthropods
h) Echinoderomata
i) Lophophorate animals
j) Chaetognatha
k) Animal underworld
5. Life in the Oceans; Marine Life 3
a) Hemichordata
b) Chordata
6. Life in the Oceans; Marine Life 4
a) Agnatha
b) Chondrichthyes
c) Osterchthyes
d) Marine reptiles
e) Sea birds
f) Marine mammals
7. Ecology of Marine Life.
8. Human Impact on the Marine Environment.


This course has similarities to MARI2900. If you have successfully completed MARI2900 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

BIOL1010 Plant and Animal Biology BIOL1020 Cell Biology, Genetics and Evolution

Assessment Items

Essay: Essays / Written Assignments

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises

Quiz: Quiz - Class

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term