Course Title: Marine Biology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Marine Biology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BIOL2255

City Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

BIOL2255

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

BIOL2315

City Campus

Postgraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

BIOL2315

City Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Jeff Shimeta,

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7151

Course Coordinator Email: jeff.shimeta@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora campus 223-1-35

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed knowledge and capabilities from ONPS2334 Scientific Skills & Communication; BIOL2146 Cell Structure & Function; BIOL2258 Animal Structure & Function; BIOL2151 Animal Diversity; BIOL2156 Plant Structure & Function; BIOL2270 Plant Diversity; ENVI1009 The Ecosphere; and CHEM1242 Chemistry Principles.


Course Description

This course introduces you to general principles of marine biology and ecology. It also provides an overview of marine environmental problems, and principles for the sustainable use of aquatic resources. Topics will include physical, chemical, and geological aspects of the oceans; surveys of water- column and benthic organisms and their ecology; food web and ecosystem function in various marine habitats; use of marine resources; and environmental issues in marine and coastal ecosystems. The subject also trains students in the preparation of critical scientific reviews. Field exercises will introduce students to marine and coastal habitats, organisms and ecologies. There is a material fee for the weekend field camp at Queenscliff (code M1678) to cover costs of accommodation and meals. Students must arrange and pay on their own for return travel to the field camp and some meals during the weekend.

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the School of Applied Sciences Program Learning Outcomes at AQF Level 7:

  • PLO-2   Scientific knowledge
  • PLO-3   Inquiry and problem solving
  • PLO-4   Communication

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes at AQF Level 9.

  • PLO 1.2 knowledge of the research principles and methods applicable to studying the chemical, biological and physical processes occurring in the environment
  • PLO 2.2 cognitive, technical and creative skills enabling you to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories about the environment and to apply established theories to different areas of knowledge or practice concerning the environment.
  • PLO 2.5 technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to environmental professional practice or scholarship.

 


 On completion of this course you should be able to:

 1. Explain major elements of marine habitats, ecological processes marine ecosystems, methods and controversies in the exploitation of marine resources, and environmental threats to coastal and marine ecosystems.

2. Identify some of the more common marine species.

3. Survey populations in marine habitats.

4. Analyseandinterpretmarineecologicaldatathoughpreparationofgraphs,tables,andstatisticaltests.

5. Read, summarise and critique primary scientific literature.

 

Postgraduate students should also be able to:

 6. Designascientificinvestigation,includingidentifyingaproblem,formulatingresearchaims,and planning a methodological approach

 


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course include:

  • attendance at lectures and field excursions;
  • completion of laboratory exercises and participation in tutorial discussions and other activities;
  • completion of written assignments consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
  • private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems.


The normal modes of teaching will be about 2 hours of lectures and 3 hours of laboratory practical at the City campus over most of the semester. There will be one or more mandatory excursions to nearby coastal locations, including an overnight weekend trip. These excursions will introduce students to marine habitats and methods of conducting marine surveys, identifying organisms, and collecting and analysing data.

Total Study Hours.

2 hours of lectures and 3 hours of laboratory practical in most weeks. There will be one or more mandatory excursions to nearby coastal locations, including an overnight weekend trip.  A minimum of 4 hours per week of independent study is recommended.
  


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided with lists of relevant texts, library resources (including appropriate journals) and freely accessible internet sites. Other material will be provided in class.   Students will be able to access course information and learning material on Blackboard (also known as the Learning Hub) through myStudies via myRMIT.
 


Overview of Assessment

 Note that:

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

 

The hurdle requirement is attendance on the weekend field camp at Queenscliff and completion of all activities there. Learning from the field camp is assessed directly in item 2 below. Additionally, knowledge and experience gained on the field camp will benefit students for assessment items 1, 3, and 4.

 

1. Written papers: 40% for undergrads, 30% for postgrads (supports CLO 5).

2. Excursion and practical reports: 20% (supports CLOs 2, 3, & 4).

3. Exam: 40% for undergrads, 35% for postgrads (supports CLO 1).

 

The postgraduate course also includes:

 

4. Research grant proposal: 15% (supports CLO 6).