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BZ2640 - Marine Plants and Algae in their Environments

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

An examination of the enormous diversity of marine plants and plant-like organisms from unicellular microscopic organisms to mangrove forests. This subject will explore micro- and macroalgae, reef ecosystems, seagrasses, samphires (salt marshes) and mangroves; and life strategies such as symbioses, epiphytes and the movement of marine plants and plant-like organisms through their environment. Special emphases will be placed on commercial potential and uses of marine plant-like organisms, down-stream biological effects of anthropogenic activities on marine plant-like communities and using field studies where possible to illustrate coursework topics.

Learning Outcomes

  • to develop an understanding of the roles of primary producers in marine environments;
  • to provide hand-on experience of techniques for sampling and analysing planktonic and benthic organisms;
  • to appreciate the diversity of marine plants/algae;
  • to understand the interaction of marine plants/algae with the environment.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to generate, calculate, interpret and communicate numerical information in ways appropriate to a given discipline or discourse.
Students enrolling in this subject should have completed four level 1 science subjects including chemistry (CH1001, BM1000 or CH1011 or equivalent), have a good understanding of level 1 cell biology and biochemistry (BZ1001 or equivalent), and general botany including cellular structure and function of plant cells (BZ1003 or equivalent), and mathematics. General zoology (BZ1004 or equivalent) is recommended.
Prerequisites: (BT1001 OR BZ1003 OR AG1003 OR BZ2610) AND BZ1001 AND (CH1001 OR BM1000 OR CH1011)
BT2240 BZ3640 BZ5640


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 28 hours practicals
  • 4 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); practical examination (35%); on-course assessment (15%).

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