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MB5270 - Coastal, Estuarine and Mangrove Ecosystems

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

Available to postgraduate science students.

A study of the components and functioning of wetland and estuarine ecosystems, with particular emphasis on tropical systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire proficiency of observations, 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 and ecological principles acquired in previous studies;
  • Acquire proficiency in scientific communications.

Subject Assessment

  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (10%) - Individual
  • Reflection 15% Technical Report 35% - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Proposal - (20%) - Individual.
Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or have acquired equivalent knowledge through other study. They should have an excellent understanding of Level 3 science and should have completed SC5202 or equivalent, and an excellent understanding of ecological principles.
MB3270 AND MB3279


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 25-Aug-2022
Coordinator: Dr Nathan Waltham
Lecturers: Dr Nathan Waltham, Mr Cesar Herrera Acosta, Dr Janine Sheaves, Professor Marcus Sheaves.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 24 hours practicals
  • 17 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.