MB5400 - Life History and Evolution of Reef Corals
|Student Contribution Band:
||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, Graduate Certificate
of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice, Master of Science
and Master of Development Practice. A quota will apply on the basis of undergraduate
An introduction to the biology of corals and physiological processes involved in building
reefs. An overview of the life histories of sessile, modular organisms, incorporating
current research findings with respect to reproductive strategies and early life histories,
algal symbiosis, and the evolutionary biology of corals. Aspects of the functional
morphology and physiology of corals will be explored in relation to major issues impacting
coral reefs, particularly bleaching and disease. A 2 day field trip to Orpheus Island
Research Station will include an introduction to the taxonomy of reef-building corals
and to lab and field research methods for the study of reef corals. The subject complements
MB5190. Students will be required to attend lectures and practicals for MB3210.
- understand life history theory of modular organisms using reef corals as a model;
- gain knowledge of the anatomical features and physiological specialisations of corals
that are keys to understanding how corals build reefs;
- gain awareness of issues underlying long-term conservation and management of reef
- gain a working knowledge of the identification and classification of the major families
and genera of reef-building corals;
- develop skills required for independent research through lab and field exercises involving
literature reviews, data collection, data analyses and critical interpretation;
- develop skills required to communicate research findings in oral presentations.
- Invigilated > End of semester exam - (40%)
- Invigilated > Presentations - (10%)
- Tutorial discussions - (10%)
- Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (20%)
- Independent project - (20%).
|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 biometrics, ecological principles and invertebrate
biology, and should have completed SC5202 or equivalent.
|MB3210 MB3219 MB3330 MB5550
Study Period 1
|Census Date 26-Mar-2020
||Assoc. Professor David Bourne
||Dr Allison Paley, Assoc. Professor David Bourne, Empro Bette Willis.
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately
- 24 hours lectures
- 36 hours practicals
- 16 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