Marine Ecology


Focuses on specific marine ecological concepts, recognising the importance, complexity and fragile aspects of the marine environment. Topics include the effects of oceanographic factors on marine organisms, marine sediment ecology, marine habitats, nutrient cycles and human impacts.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Be prepared for more advanced marine ecological courses

2. Have a framework of knowledge and experience for the more practical work requirements of marine ecological courses.


1.Marine Biogeography
2.Oceanographic Factors and Effects on Marine Organisms.
3.Marine Sediment Ecology
4.Marine Habitats
a) Marine provinces (zones)
b) Pelagic habitats
c) Benthic habitats
d) Intertidal habitats
e) Estuaries
f) Deep ocean

5.Special Habitat Types:
a) Sea grasses
b) Mangroves
c) Saltmarshes
d) Coral reefs
e) Kelp beds
f) Plankton

6.Special Topics:
a) Island ecology
b) Symbiotic relationships
c) Reproductive ecology
d) Fisheries
e) Nutrient cycles
f) Human impacts

Assumed Knowledge

MARI230O Marine Biology ENVS2004 Ecology

Assessment Items

Quiz: Examination / Class quiz

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Scenario/PBL exercises

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


Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 30 hour(s) per Term


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


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