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MB3200 - Marine Conservation Biology

[Offered in odd-numbered years in JCU Singapore, JCU Singapore. ]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

An ecological approach to human impacts on, and conservation of marine habitats and species, with a tropical emphasis. It will describe the ecological effects of overfishing, nutrient enrichment, habitat loss, pollution and marine introductions. The subject will examine the meanings of the terms rare and endangered for marine organisms and the threat of extinction. Current practices employed in the conservation and management of marine habitats and endangered marine species will be debated. A central focus will be the ecological principles and practice of designing marine reserves, enhancing populations of rare species and restoring damaged biological communities. Tutorials and an on-line chat room will facilitate the debate of all current issues in marine conservation.

Learning Outcomes

  • acquire a knowledge of the current understanding of human impacts on and conservation of different types of marine organisms;
  • acquire an understanding of the basic methodologies of impact assessment and conservation research;
  • to develop verbal, written and on-line skills in debating marine conservation issues.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > Quizzes or tests - (22%)
  • Invigilated > Tutorial attendance and participation - (33%)
  • Marine Reserves report - (20%)
  • Threatened Species status report and poster presentation - (25%).
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of basic biology, ecology, statistics and marine biology.
Prerequisites: SC2202 OR SC2209 OR BS2001 OR BZ2001 OR AG2001 OR MB2060 OR BS2460


JCU Singapore, Study Period 52, Internal
Census Date 06-Aug-2020
Coord/Lect: Dr Neil Hutchinson, Professor Geoffrey Jones.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 43 hours - Combined Lectures and Tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Coordinator: Professor Geoffrey Jones
Lecturers: Professor Geoffrey Jones, Dr Maya Srinivasan.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 17 hours tutorials
  • 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.