ENV BIOL 3010 - Marine Ecology III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

This course aims to 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 in understanding the complexity of marine systems and the solutions to quantifying them. In addition, throughout the course students should gain an understanding of 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. The field camp in the mid-semester break combines these components in a practical setting.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 2 hours per week, plus a 4 day field camp
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible ENV BIOL 3500
    Assumed Knowledge 6 units of Level II Environmental Biology courses or equivalent
    Restrictions Available to BSc(Adv) students only
    Course Description This course aims to 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 in understanding the complexity of marine systems and the solutions to quantifying them. In addition, throughout the course students should gain an understanding of 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. The field camp in the mid-semester break combines these components in a practical setting.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Sean Connell

    PROFESSOR BRONWYN GILLANDERS
    PROFESSOR IVAN NAGELKERKEN
    DR PABLO MANGUIA
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

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  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    A successful student should be able to:

    1 Demonstrate knowledge of processes that shape the abundance of marine organisms
    2 Demonstrate the effect of humans as drivers of marine ecosystem change and its biogeographic contingencies
    3 Demonstrate scientific communication skills, 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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 3
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    3
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 2, 3
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    The 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 Modes
    This 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).
    Workload

    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
    revision).
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    Small Group Discovery Experience


    Students learn about how to approach some of the key challenges that face the discipline of marine biology. The difficultly
    and solutions to understanding marine phenomena and solving their practical and theoretical problems across multiple spatial and temporal scales are explained in lectures. 

    Small group learning
    provides students practical situations to grapple with the logical approach to
    formulating theory form which hypotheses are derived. This small group leaning
    connects students to the reality of understanding how to design rigorous observational
    and experimental research programs, their costs and benefits of simple through
    complex programs, their relative practical and logistical difficulty and
    strengths and weakness in providing solutions to managers, government and the
    general public.

    Topics include but are not limited to:
    experimental design, how to test for species interactions, how to test for
    abiotic stressors, experimental designs for categorical data, experimental
    designs for continuous data, pulse and press experiments. 





  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment task

    Type of assessment

    Percentage of total assessment

     

    Hurdle

     

    Learning Outcomes being assessed / achieved

    Approximate Timing of Assessment

    Take home exam

    Formative & Summative

    20 %

    No

    1-2, 7

    Week 5

    Field trip report

    Formative & Summative

    30 %

    No

    1-7

    Week 12

    Exam

    Summative

    50 %

    No

    1-2, 7

    End of semester exam period

    Assessment Detail
    1. 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.

    3. Exam

    A 3-hour end-of-semester exam is scheduled for Marine Ecology
    Submission
    Late Submission
    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.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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