MB5190 - Coral Reef Ecology
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Available to postgraduate students in the College of Marine and Environmental Science
A treatment of the major aspects of coral reef ecology, including population dynamics,
reef community structure and diversity, effects of environmental disturbances, competition
and predation, and reef management. Emphasis is on the mechanisms and processes that
shape coral reef communities and how they respond to environmental change. The course
combines the presentation of theoretical quantitative and conceptual models in lectures
with laboratory computer exercises and a 3-day field project. The course content complements
that of MB5400.
There are additional charges for this subject; please contact the School for details.
- to become familiar with the key processes underlying patterns of recruitment, abundance,
and community diversity on coral reefs;
- to understand the link between resources and environmental stressors at the level
of the organism and demographic processes;
- to develop insight into the role of species interactions in the dynamics, diversity
and resilience of coral reefs;
- to develop an understanding of the interactions between different types of environmental
disturbances and the responses of coral reef systems.
- end of semester exam (40%)
- assignments (15%)
- field project (20%)
- poster presentation and critique (25%).
|Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in biology,
ecology or environmental science, or have acquired equivalent knowledge through other
study. Students enrolling in this subject should have a broad knowledge of biology
and ecology (not necessarily for coral reef organisms), a high degree of competency
in data manipulation and biological statistics (i.e. able to independently perform
ANOVA, Chi-square, and Regression analyses), and comprehensive understanding of major
considerations for designing ecological sampling programs and experiments.
Study Period 2
|Census Date 27-Aug-2020
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately
- 26 hours lectures
- 5 hours tutorials
- 6 hours practicals
- 8 hours workshops/Seminars
- 20 hours fieldwork
- assessment and self-directed study
An enrolment quota applies to this offering.
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