Marine Ecology and Management

Course code MARI6001Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course provides students with an understanding of the principles of marine ecology (Australian marine ecosystems, early life history, community and population ecology) and contemporary issues for the Australian marine environment (e.g. climate change, elasmobranch fisheries, over-fishing, invasive species, pollution, whaling, threats to coral reefs). The exploration of contemporary issues includes analysis of the effectiveness of current approaches to conservation and sustainable use (e.g. fisheries management, marine protected areas, aquaculture, integrated catchment management). The course will be taught by a combination of self-directed learning of the principles of marine ecology and a problem-solving analysis of a selection of topical issues.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will:
1. have acquired knowledge of: the principles of marine ecology relevant to management and conservation, and key Australian marine ecosystems
2. understand current issues for Australian marine ecosystems, and contemporary management and conservation strategies
3. be able to critically evaluate marine ecological information for management relevance and the broader ecological consequences of marine issues
4. be able to propose relevant and sustainable management and conservation solutions and
5. have acquired skills in effectively communicating complex ecological information and evaluations of issues to non-specialist audiences.
ContentModule 1: Principles of Marine Ecology

Early life history
Predation and herbivory
Positive interactions
Natural disturbances

Module 2 Biogeography and Connectivity

Marine biogeography and biodiversity
Coastal oceanography and connectivity
Terrestrial-freshwater and marine linkages

Module 3: Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

Open water
Coral reefs
Subtidal temperate rocky reefs
Intertidal temperate rocky shores
Soft sediment
Mangroves and saltmarsh

Module 4: Issues, Challenges, Responses

Fisheries and their management
Marine protected areas
Water quality and loss of coral reefs and kelp forests
Invasive marine species
Climate change
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBasic knowledge (i.e. to year 12 standard) of biology, ecology or environmental science.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Email Discussion Group
Problem Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Group/tutorial participation and contribution
Case Scenario/PBL exercises
Quiz - On-line
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MARI6001