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MB2090 - Tropical Marine Ecosystems

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

An introduction to marine biology and ecology. A description of tropical marine ecosystems, with a focus on mangrove and coastal ecosystems, coral reefs and seagrass ecosystems. An examination of reproduction and dispersal of marine organisms. A brief review of the influence of man on marine systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • to identify and understand some of the major techniques used to collect data from marine ecosystems, emphasising the advantages and disadvantages of a range of techniques;
  • to identify the major components common to all marine ecosystems;
  • to identify, compare and contrast a variety of common marine ecosystems, especially coral reef, seagrass and mangrove ecosystems, using the ecosystem components previously identified as a basis;
  • to promote competency and familiarity of students to field work;
  • to review the major processes involved in reproduction in marine organisms.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of level 1 biology, particularly zoology (eg BZ1001, ZL1001 or BZ1004).
MB1110 MB2050


Cairns, Study Period 2, Limited
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Face to face teaching (Consult School for on-campus attendance requirements)
Coordinator: Professor Michael Kingsford
Lecturers: Professor Michael Kingsford, Professor Rocky De Nys, <Person not found>, Dr Maya Srinivasan.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 14 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); essays (20%); assignments (20%).

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