Coral Reef Experiences

Course code MARI2410Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Coral reefs are ecologically diverse an extremely complex habitats, supporting thousands of marine species, and are considered to be the richest and most complex of all marine ecosystems. The largest of these reef systems is The Great Barrier Reef running more than 2000 kilometres along the north eastern coast of Australia covering an area of over 250,000 square kilometres.

This introductory course will examine some of the biological and ecological aspects of a coral reef in order to gain a better understanding of this complex and unique environment. The students will not only gain some general knowledge of the corals and the reef-building process, but also a better appreciation of the numerous other marine organisms that affect and are associated with the reef and their overall role in the reef ecosystem. This course will be particularly beneficial to those students pursuing careers in teaching where they will be able to take this knowledge and experience in to their classrooms in the future.

This course is not to be counted for credit with MARI3410, Coral Reef Biology and Ecology.

This course is not part of the Marine Sciences major of the Bachelor of Science.

The field component of this course, at Hideaway Island, Vanuatu, requires a significant up-front fee, not covered by HECS. This may vary with each offering of the course, so interested students should contact the School of Environmental and Life Sciences for more information.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2014

OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be expected to:

1. demonstrate a general understanding of the processes and marine organisms associated with coral reef formation,
2. demonstrate a general understanding and an appreciation of the ecology of coral reefs,
3. identify some of the common flora and fauna associated with coral reefs,
4. demonstrate a general understanding of the dangerous marine organisms associated with coral reefs,
5. apply gained knowledge from the course towards a small project and a report on various aspects of coral reefs,
6. develop an appreciation of the complexities of coral reefs and how man's activities influence these processes.

On successful completion of this course, students will also gain skills in:

1. determining the appropriate steps for OH&S issues for field studies such as this one on a coral reef island,
2. identifying the dangerous marine organisms associated with coral reefs,
3. carrying out appropriate preventative and / or first aid procedures regarding dangerous marine organisms associated with coral reefs,
4. the use of flora and fauna keys for the identification of coral reef organisms.
ContentPart 1 of the course will be as an on-line presentation during semester. Part 2 the practical component lasting one week, and will take place at Hideaway Island, Vanuatu.

Part 1 (on-line Semester 1 at Ourimbah Campus):

- General background on coral reefs
- Reef building and non-reef building organisms
- Coral reef ecology
- General familiarization and identification of coral reef organisms
- Dangerous marine organisms & prevention and first aid

Part 2: (1 week at Hideaway Island, Vanuatu):

The practical component of the course will be set up as learning modules for the student to complete. It will also include;
- Lab examining different coral types and other marine organisms associated
with the coral reef.
- Lab examining different dangerous marine organisms associated with the
coral reef.
The final practical grade will be based on module completion during the time practical session.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionThis course is not to be counted for credit with MARI3410, Coral Reef Biology and Ecology

This course is not part of the Marine Sciences major of the Bachelor of Science.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNone
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Lecture
Laboratory
Practical
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalFinal examination.
Laboratory ExercisesCoral, Reef Fish and Dangerous Marine Organism identifications
Quiz - On-lineOn-Line Quizzes
ReportsA selected reef organism to be reported on and discussed briefly to increase the student's understanding of reef organisms that are part of the coral reef ecosystem.
Contact HoursField Study: for 36 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for MARI2410