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MB3050 - Biological Oceanography

Credit points: 03
Year: 2018
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject examines plankton and their interactions with the physical and chemical environment. Thematically we explore the following: structures in the ocean, sampling equipment and oceanography; nutrients, productivity, phytoplankton and upwelling; planktonic consumers in the sea as well as their distributions, behaviour and life cycles, jellyfish fisheries, the survival of larval fish to recruitment and relevance to fisheries; impacts and manipulation of plankton, global climate change, pollution and applications for aquaculture.

Learning Outcomes

  • to give a sense of the complex structure of the planktonic community over the full scale of variation across space, time and body size;
  • to give the student a new conceptual understanding of the ocean as a fabric of living organisms, rather than as a mere water mass;
  • to impress upon the student the fundamental significance of the plankton as the foundation of the economy of the sea and the nursery for most of its species;
  • to provide a practical familiarity with the techniques of plankton sampling, identification and analysis.
Assumed
Knowledge:
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of basic biological principles (eg BZ1001) and marine systems (eg MB2050) and should have completed either BS2001 or MB2060.
Prerequisites: (BS2001 OR BZ2001 OR AG2001) OR MB2060
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
MB5055 AND MB3059

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 22-Mar-2018
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 30 hours practicals
  • 3 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); essays (15%); field report (20%); online quizzes (5%).

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