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BZ5640 - Marine Plants and Algae in their Environments

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

Available to postgraduate students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Science, Graduate Diploma of Science, Graduate Diploma of Research Methods, Master of Applied Science, Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice, Master of Science and Master of Development Practice.

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. Students will attend lectures, practical classes and field excursions with BZ2240 students.

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 encompass and use methods and conceptual advances in areas of knowledge cognate to their central area(s) of expertise.
Students enrolling in this subject should have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (biology or environmental science) and have a good background in cell biology and biochemistry, cellular structure and function of plant cells, and mathematics.
BT2240 BZ2640 BZ3640


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
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Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 28 hours practicals
  • 4 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); practical examination (35%); on-course assessment (15%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.