ENV BIOL 3010 - Marine Ecology III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code ENV BIOL 3010 Course Marine Ecology III Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week, plus field trip Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge 6 units of Level II Environmental Biology courses or equivalent & ENV BIOL 3006 Course Description This course will provide an understanding of the patterns of abundance and diversity of marine plants and animals and the processes that structure these patterns. Emphasis is placed on the challenges and solutions to understanding the complexity of marine systems. This course will demonstrate the use of coherent logical procedures and rigorous experimental design to provide practical evidence for the development of theory and solutions to environmental and conservation problems in coastal habitats. The habitats and organisms used to illustrate lectures are derived from ecological studies of subtidal rocky and coral reefs, intertidal rocky reefs, mangrove forests, salt marshes, seagrass meadows, urban structures and pelagic habitats.
Details of field trip communicated at start of the course.
Course Coordinator: Professor Sean Connell
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesA successful student should be able to:
1 Demonstrate an understanding of logical observations, models and hypotheses that shape research questions and the range of different approaches used to answer them 2 Demonstrate knowledge of a range of marine organisms, from microbes to plants to animals, and the techniques used to sample them 3 Understand the use of different sampling techniques and apply them in field-based experiments 4 Develop rigorous sampling designs, plan and successfully complete a research project 5 Apply basic statistical techniques to real data and correctly interpret the outcome 6 Develop team-based skills in scientific research, including management of projects through communication with peers 7 Demonstrate scientific communication skills in both written and oral form, including the conventions in technical writing, the structure of scientific papers and graphical methods for presenting data
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2-4, 7 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3-7 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3-7 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-5, 7 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 3, 6-7 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 4, 6-7 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2, 6-7
Recommended ResourcesThe recommended text assigned to this course is:
Connell SD & Gillanders BM 2007. Marine Ecology. Oxford University Press, 630p. ISBN: 9780195553024
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered by the following means:
Teaching is primarily done through a combination of lectures (1 x 2 hours per week during semester) and a mid-semester break field trip (4 days).
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This
includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and
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Type of assessment
Percentage of total assessment
Learning Outcomes being assessed / achieved
Approximate Timing of Assessment
Take home exam
Formative & Summative
Field trip report
Formative & Summative
End of semester exam period
Assessment Detail1. Take home exam
The take home exam will be set in week 5 of semester. The questions will be posted to MyUni on the Friday afternoon and will be due at 9:00am on the following Monday. The exam will take the form of several questions that require answers in the form of essays and will require reference to the scientific literature. It is expected that students will draw on lecture material and other sources of information for answers. Essays will be submitted through TurnItIn software.
2. Field Trip Report
Students will be required to submit a report on scientific activities on the compulsory mid-semester field camp. This report will be due in week 12 of the semester and take the form of a scientific paper and will have strict guidelines that will be announced in class and posted on MyUni. The report will be written in the same groups that complete the research project on the camp. All students within the group will receive the same mark for the report. Students who do not attend the field trip will be required to write an essay that requires comparable intellectual and temporal investment as expended by students on the trip. Details about the essay guidelines will be provided in class.
A 3-hour end-of-semester exam is scheduled for Marine Ecology
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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