The Marine Environment

Description

Australia's marine environment is globally significant, containing some of the world's most diverse ecosystems and species. The economic value of Australia's marine environment exceeds A$30 billion annually and its social value (for sport, recreation, relaxation) is immense in Australia's culture. This course provides students with an introduction to some of the most important marine ecosystems (coral reefs, beaches, rocky reefs), species (corals, fish, sharks, marine mammals), and current conservation and management issues (shark fishing, climate change, invasive species, pollution), and their solutions. The course will be taught by a combination of on-line delivery of learning materials and problem-solving of selected case studies. The latter may involve field visits by students to observe local marine ecosystems and record their observations of issues.

Availability

On-Line from Ourimbah Cmp

  • Semester 1 - 2015
  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Have acquired knowledge of key Australian marine ecosystems and species and their global significance

2. Appreciate the social, economic and environmental benefits from sustainable use of Australia's marine environment

3. Have acquired knowledge about a number of current issues for the Australian marine environment and their social, economic and environmental costs

4. Have developed an understanding of the types of management solutions needed to address issues for the Australian marine environment

5. Have acquired skills in identifying, gathering, and synthesizing information related to Australia's marine environment

Content

Module 1: Principles of Marine Biology and Ecology

  • Diversity of Australia's marine life
  • Diversity of Australia's marine ecosystems
  • Oceanography and currents
  • Introduction to the value (economic, social) of Australia's marine environment


Module 2: Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

  • Coral reefs
  • Beaches
  • Estuaries, seagrass, mangroves and saltmarsh
  • Rocky reefs (subtidal and intertidal)


Module 3: Issues, Challenges, Responses
(may include)

  • Sustainable fisheries
  • Invasive marine species
  • Climate change
  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Marine Aquaculture

Assessment Items

Quiz: Quizzes

Written Assignment: Written Assignments

Online Learning Activity: Group Discussion

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Self-Directed Learning: 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

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term