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MB3270 - Coastal and Estuarine Ecosystems

Credit points: 3
Year: 2010
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

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

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire proficiency in observation, 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.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to use and interpret different media;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.
Students enrolling in this subject should have an excellent understanding of level 2 science particularly marine systems and ecological principles (eg MB2050, BZ2440) and must have completed BS2001 or MB2060 or equivalent.
Prerequisites: AG2001 OR BS2001 OR BZ2001 OR MB2060
MB3279 MB5270


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 26-Aug-2010
Coordinator: Professor Marcus Sheaves
Lecturers: Professor Marcus Sheaves, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 4 hours tutorials
  • 30 hours practicals
  • 12 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); (50%).

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