The unit covers fundamental building blocks (cell biology, biochemistry, genetics) and key processes (marine primary and secondary production, and marine microbial ecology) underpinning life in the ocean and introduces students to key organisms (marine algae, invertebrates, vertebrates) of local ecosystems. Students will learn about the dynamics of marine ecosystems and the role of oceanographic and biological drivers of change. The unit has a strong practical component (lab and field) where students will be introduced to a variety of techniques and local marine species. You will develop skills to measure key processes in the ocean, to design studies to assess contemporary marine science questions and how to access, analyse and interpret information for marine stakeholders (conservation, resource management or aquaculture).
|Unit name||General Marine Systems|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
|Discipline||Ecology and Biodiversity|
|Coordinator||Associate Professor Jeffrey Wright|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Describe biological mechanisms in marine organisms that determine their response to change
- Explain the relationships between marine organisms and their influence in structuring marine ecosystems
- Describe key organisms (marine algae, invertebrates, vertebrates) and their role in food web dynamics of marine ecosystems
- Plan, design and conduct field sampling of marine organisms in a local marine environment
- Interpret scientific data to provide information on key issues for stakeholders
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|Assessment||Online Quiz (15%)|Group Presentation (20%)|Scientific Report (40%)|Essay (25%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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