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MB5270 - Coastal, Estuarine and Mangrove Ecosystems

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Available to postgraduate students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Science, Graduate Diploma of Science, Master of Applied Science, Masters of Development Practice, Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice or Masters of Science.

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 26-Aug-2021
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.