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MB2040 - Ecology of Catchment Aquatic Ecosystems

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

The functioning of coastal ecosystems is tightly linked to, and dependent on, coastal and catchment freshwater wetlands and streams. This subject investigates the components of these systems, how they function and how they interact with their adjoining marine and terrestrial systems. The subject covers the plants and animals that use these systems, the key functions and processes that occur there, the nature of the services they provide, how they are connected to adjacent ecosystems, their values, their importance to management, the nature of threats to their integrity and resilience, and solutions to the key issues they face. This subject focuses on building practical understanding and skills by combining theory with hands-on studies. In addition to providing a broad-based grounding in critical knowledge about catchment aquatic ecosystems, the subject covers conventional and high tech approaches to their assessment, prioritisation, management and restoration.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop an understanding of the biophysical nature, biological components and functioning of catchment aquatic ecosystems;
  • develop an understanding of the role that catchment aquatic ecosystems play in the functioning of the overall Coastal and Marine system, and the ecosystem services they provide;
  • develop an understanding of the importance of catchment aquatic ecosystems to management of the Coastal Zone, the nature of threats to their integrity and resilience, and solutions to the key issues they face;
  • acquire an understanding of the methodologies for assessment, prioritisation, management and restoration of catchment aquatic ecosystems;
  • develop verbal, written, visual and on-line skills in communicating understanding about catchment aquatic ecosystems.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) -
  • Participation > Class participation - (10%) -


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 6 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
  • 12 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.