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MB5055 - Biological Oceanography

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Available to Postgraduate Science students.

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

  • 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 and analysis.

Subject Assessment

  • Group poster and annotated bibliography - (20%) - Group & Individual
  • Written > Field report - (25%) - Individual
  • Online quizzes (5%) and Final Exam (50%) - (55%) - Individual.
Assumed
Knowledge:
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 (SC5202 or equivalent).
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
MB3050 MB3059

Availabilities

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 24-Mar-2022
Workload expectations:

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

  • 27 hours practicals
  • 6 hours workshops
  • 26 hours online interactive lectures
  • 3 hours fieldwork
  • 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.