MB5055 - Biological Oceanography
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Available to Graduate Diploma of Research Methods, Graduate Certificate of Research
Methods, Graduate Diploma of Science, Master of Applied Science and Master of Science
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.
- give a sense of the complex structure of the planktonic community over the full scale
of variation across space, time and body size;
- give the student a new conceptual understanding of the ocean as a fabric of living
organisms, rather than as a mere water mass;
- 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;
- provide a practical familiarity with the techniques of plankton sampling, identification
|Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant
discipline (eg biology or environmental science) or have acquired equivalent knowledge
through other study. They should have a good understanding of basic biological principles
and marine systems and have completed a statistics subject (BS5001 or equivalent).
Study Period 1
|Census Date 22-Mar-2018
||Dr Orpha Bellwood
||Professor Mark McCormick, Assoc. Professor Kirsten Heimann, Dr Orpha Bellwood, Professor Michael Kingsford, Professor Garry Russ.
- 26 hours lectures
- 30 hours practicals
||end of semester exam (50%); report (15%); essay (10%); online quizzes (5%); (20%).
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