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MB5055 - Biological Oceanography

Credit points: 03
Year: 2017
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: 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 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.
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 (BS5001 or equivalent).
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
MB3050 MB3059

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 23-Mar-2017
Coordinator: Dr Orpha Bellwood
Lecturers: Professor Mark McCormick, Assoc. Professor Kirsten Heimann, Dr Orpha Bellwood, Professor Michael Kingsford, Professor Garry Russ.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 30 hours practicals
  • 3 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); report (15%); essay (10%); online quizzes (5%); (20%).

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