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MB3279 - Coastal and Estuarine Ecosystems (Advanced)

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

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

A study of the components and functioning of the full range of coastal and estuarine ecosystems, with particular emphasis on tropical systems. Students will be required to attend lectures and practicals for MB3270.

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire proficiency in observation, recording, evaluation and reporting of scientific information;
  • Acquire hands-on understanding of the science of these natural systems;
  • Gain experience in scientific problem-solving and decision making;
  • Consolidate the basic knowledge of biological land ecological printiples acquired in previous studies.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to use and interpret different media;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.
Students enrolling in this subject should have an excellent understanding of level 2 science particularly marine systems and ecological principles (eg MB2050, BZ2440) and must have completed BS2001 or MB2060 or equivalent to a level of Credit or better.
Prerequisites: MB2060 OR (BZ2001 OR BS2001 OR AG2001)
MB3270 MB5270


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Professor Marcus Sheaves
Lecturers: Dr Robert Congdon, Professor Marcus Sheaves, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 4 hours tutorials
  • 30 hours practicals
  • 12 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); (50%).

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.