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BIO3021 - Marine biology

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Professor John Beardall


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


The diversity, ecology and ecophysiology of marine organisms and the environments in which they live, including the impact of humans. These topics will be placed in the context of specific marine ecosystems including coastal habitats, coral reefs, open oceans, the deep sea and polar ecosystems. The practical component will be taught as a field course at Heron Island in December or at the Queenscliff Marine Station in February (fee payable).


On completion of this unit, students will: have a basic knowledge of the diversity of marine life; understand the fundamental physiochemical and physiological processes underlying the productivity of marine environments; understand the ecological dynamics of marine ecosystems; appreciate the role of humans in disturbing and exploiting marine ecosystems; appreciate some of the important current trends in marine biology; have developed a critical, analytical approach to scientific research; have developed skills in writing scientific reports and in oral communication of scientific information.


Examination (2.5 hours): 50%
Practical work/field work/project work: 40%
Miniquizzes: 10%

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures, equivalent of 3 hours laboratory/field work per week


12 points from level 2 BIO including either BIO2181 or BIO2231