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MB3059 - Biological Oceanography (Advanced)

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

Available only to student enrolled in the BSc Marine Biology (Advanced Program)

An examination of the plankton community and its interactions with the physical and chemical environment. Topics include: nutrients and productivity, zooplankton behaviour and life cycles and the distribution of planktonic species over space and time on a broad range of scales and factors influencing the survival of larval fish. Students will be required to attend lectures and practicals as for MB3050.

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.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments.
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
MB3050 MB5055


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Professor Michael Kingsford
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Professor Michael Kingsford.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours practicals
  • 13 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); (40%).

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.