The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018

Course handbook


Explores in depth the marine life that exists in the world's oceans. Specific topics studied include the ocean environment, marine habitat types, classification and description of marine organisms.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the environmental conditions and human impacts that are affecting marine life;

2. Demonstrate knowledge of and have the ability to classify organisms.


1. The Ocean Environment2. Marine Habitat Typesa) Marine provinces (zones)b) Pelagic habitatsc) Benthic habitatsd) Intertidal habitatse) Estuariesf) Coral reefsg) Deep ocean3. Life in the Oceans; Marine Life 1a) Introduction to classification.b) Kingdom Monerac) Kingdom Protistad) Kingdom Protistae) Kingdom Plantaef) Kingdom Fungi4.Life in the Oceans; Marine Life 2 (Animal Kingdom)a) Poriferab) Cnidariac) Ctenophorad) Unsegmented marine wormse) Segmented marine wormsf) Molluscag) Arthropodsh) Echinoderomatai) Lophophorate animalsj) Chaetognathak) Animal underworld5. Life in the Oceans; Marine Life 3a) Hemichordatab) Chordata6. Life in the Oceans; Marine Life 4a) Agnathab) Chondrichthyesc) Osterchthyesd) Marine reptilese) Sea birdsf) Marine mammals7. 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

BIOL1040 Introduction to Biology I BIOL1070 Introduction to Biology II MARI1000 Issues in the Marine Environment

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