The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

MARI2500

Units

10 units

Level

2000 level

Course handbook

Description

Coastal estuarine and marine waters are one of our greatest natural assets. Key to the conservation of these systems for future generations, is an understanding of the cultural, social, economic and environmental ecosystem services they provide. MARI2500 focuses on coastal and marine ecosystem services that are important in a range of habitats and coastal communities, which include fisheries production, biodiversity, habitat structure and function, tourism and cultural use. Knowledge of life history stages, population structure, habitat utilisation and trophic relationships of the biota associated with the management, harvest and/or conservation of the coastal and marine environment, are central to understanding issues associated with the exploitation and future needs of wild harvest fisheries and aquaculture. The emerging area of quantifying cultural use of estuaries and coasts is explored as are contemporary methods in critically analysing and interpreting biological and ecological data. Comprising integrated learning sessions, field and laboratory studies, and coordinated workshops, MARI2500 will equip students with the necessary skills to prepare for entry to estuarine and coastal-focussed research and industry careers.


Availability

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MARI2320. Students who have successfully completed MARI2320 are not eligible to enrol in MARI2500.


Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a knowledge of coastal and marine processes in a range of habitats.

2. Evaluate fisheries and aquaculture biology and management for a range of fishes, crustaceans and molluscs.

3. Reflect on issues associated with cultural use of coastal and marine systems.

4. Synthesise, evaluate and interpret marine and coastal biological and ecological data.

5. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills through writing reports, online and verbal discussions and poster presentation.


Content

The topics to be covered include:

1.     Life history strategies (reproduction, development and dispersal, recruitment, age and growth).

2.     Population structure (age structure, reproductive structure, size, stock structure).

3.     Dispersal and gene flow, habitat use, migration, movement and connectivity.

4.     Feeding ecology and trophic relationship (ecosystem metabolism).

5.     Fisheries and aquaculture (methods, management and conservation).

6.     Cultural ecosystem services.


Assumed knowledge

A course in first year biology, a second year course in biology and/or ecology, STAT1070, MARI1000.


Assessment items

Exhibition / Poster: Poster

Report: Written Report

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Field, Laboratory and Workshop Exercises

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning


Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Computer Lab: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend all of these sessions.
  • Field Study: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend a minimum of 80% of these sessions.
  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend all of these sessions.

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Computer Lab

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

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks

Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks

Workshop

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