The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

Coral reefs are ecologically diverse an extremely complex habitats, supporting thousands of marine species, and are considered to be the richest and most complex of all marine ecosystems. This course will examine the biological, ecological and sustainability aspects of coral reefs in order to gain a better understanding of this complex and unique environment. In a small group setting students will develop and execute a research project to be conducted at Hideaway Island, Vanuatu. Students will gain an in-depth appreciation of the professional requirements to conduct a research project in a remote location. This course will be particularly beneficial to those students pursuing careers in Marine Science, Environmental Science and/or Sustainable Resource Management.

The field component of this course, at Hideaway Island, Vanuatu, requires a significant up-front fee, not covered by HECS. This may vary with each offering of the course, so interested students should contact the course coordinator for more information.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain the complex ecology of coral reefs

2. Critically evaluate and explain sustainability issues relating to coral reefs

3. Assess the relevant literature and develop a research proposal on a current issue of coral reef ecology or sustainability

4. Work in a small group to collaboratively plan, problem solve and execute a research project

5. Evaluate scientific data and literature and present verbal and written summaries on a current issue of coral reef ecology or sustainability

6. Prepare and write a risk assessment for a field-based project in a coral reef environment to ensure the safety of themselves and other group members


Content

The course will be carried out over a two week period and will be divided into two parts: Part 1 the lecture and information component lasting one week and will take place at the Ourimbah Campus and Part 2 the practical component lasting one week, and will take place at Hideaway Island in Vanuatu.

Part 1 (1 week at Ourimbah Campus): will consist of lectures, tutorials and discussion on the following topics:

  • Current issues in coral reef ecology
  • Issues relating to the sustainability of coral reefs
  • Guidelines to developing a risk assessment for work in a remote location
  • Experiment design and analysis
  • Proposal design and presentation

    

Part 2 (1 week at Hideaway Island, Vanuatu): In the practical component of the course, in their small groups, students will conduct their proposed research projects. In addition students are required to attend a local village experience. The course consists of both peer and academic assessment as well as group and individual assessment.


Requisite

Students must have successfully completed MARI1000 to enrol in this course.


Assumed knowledge

MARI3410Coral Reef Biology, Ecology and SustainabilityCoral reefs are ecologically diverse an extremely complex habitats, supporting thousands of marine species, and are considered to be the richest and most complex of all marine ecosystems. This course will examine the biological, ecological and sustainability aspects of coral reefs in order to gain a better understanding of this complex and unique environment. In a small group setting students will develop and execute a research project to be conducted at Hideaway Island, Vanuatu. Students will gain an in-depth appreciation of the professional requirements to conduct a research project in a remote location. This course will be particularly beneficial to those students pursuing careers in Marine Science, Environmental Science and/or Sustainable Resource Management.

The field component of this course, at Hideaway Island, Vanuatu, requires a significant up-front fee, not covered by HECS. This may vary with each offering of the course, so interested students should contact the course coordinator for more information.FSCITFaculty of Science723School of Environmental and Life Sciences1030005980Semester 2 - 2019CENTRALCSTOurimbah2019MARI2300, plus either BIOL1040 and BIOL1070, or BIOL1001, BIOL1002 and BIOL1003/SCIE1002The course will be carried out over a two week period and will be divided into two parts: Part 1 the lecture and information component lasting one week and will take place at the Ourimbah Campus and Part 2 the practical component lasting one week, and will take place at Hideaway Island in Vanuatu.Part 1 (1 week at Ourimbah Campus): will consist of lectures, tutorials and discussion on the following topics:Current issues in coral reef ecologyIssues relating to the sustainability of coral reefsGuidelines to developing a risk assessment for work in a remote locationExperiment design and analysisProposal design and presentation    Part 2 (1 week at Hideaway Island, Vanuatu): In the practical component of the course, in their small groups, students will conduct their proposed research projects. In addition students are required to attend a local village experience. The course consists of both peer and academic assessment as well as group and individual assessment. YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1Explain the complex ecology of coral reefs2Critically evaluate and explain sustainability issues relating to coral reefs3Assess the relevant literature and develop a research proposal on a current issue of coral reef ecology or sustainability4Work in a small group to collaboratively plan, problem solve and execute a research project5Evaluate scientific data and literature and present verbal and written summaries on a current issue of coral reef ecology or sustainability6Prepare and write a risk assessment for a field-based project in a coral reef environment to ensure the safety of themselves and other group members Students must have successfully completed MARI1000 to enrol in this course.In Term Test: Commercial snorkeling assessment *Presentation: Oral presentation of research projectWritten Assignment: Literature review project proposal and risk assessmentParticipation: Contribution to the group assignmentReport: Final report* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.OurimbahField StudyFace to Face Off Campus72hour(s)per Term0Full Term0The field study will take place at Hideaway Island, Vanuatu in December after the semester.LaboratoryFace to Face On Campus32hour(s)per Term0Full Term0The lectures & laboratory will take place during the mid-semester break at the Ourimbah Campus.LectureFace to Face On Campus24hour(s)per Term0Full Term0SeminarFace to Face On Campus7hour(s)per Week for1Weeks0In 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.Course Assessment Requirements:In Term Test: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.Students who do not pass this assessment will not be allowed to continue in the course.


Assessment items

In Term Test: Commercial snorkeling assessment *

Presentation: Oral presentation of research project

Written Assignment: Literature review project proposal and risk assessment

Participation: Contribution to the group assignment

Report: Final report

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


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.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • In Term Test: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students who do not pass this assessment will not be allowed to continue in the course.

Contact hours

Ourimbah

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 72 hour(s) per Term Full Term

The field study will take place at Hideaway Island, Vanuatu in December after the semester.

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 32 hour(s) per Term Full Term

The lectures & laboratory will take place during the mid-semester break at the Ourimbah Campus.

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 7 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks