MB3280 - Marine Invertebrates of Commercial Importance
|Student Contribution Band:
||School of Marine & Tropical Biology
A detailed review of the biology of major invertebrate groups of commercial importance,
focussing primarily on taxa with strong aquaculture potential namely sponges, echinoderms,
molluscs and crustaceans. Emphasis will be placed on aspects of their biology relevant
to fisheries and aquaculture, particularly life history, growth, feeding and reproduction.
Laboratory and field trips will use local fauna to reinforce skills in taxonomy and
comparative anatomy and introduce students to ecological approaches in invertebrate
- a thorough knowledge of the taxonomy, functional morphology and life history characteristics
of major marine invertebrate groups of commercial importance, particularly sponges,
echinoderms, molluscs and crustaceans;
- specific knowledge of aspects of growth, feeding and reproduction and their implications
in fisheries and aquaculture;
- an understanding of the commercial significance of sponges, echinoderms, molluscs
- an appreciation of the application of current research findings to fisheries management
and aquaculture practice.
- The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments,
and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
- The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently,
coherently, creatively and ethically;
- The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and
professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
- The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
- The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
- The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
|Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of marine systems
and invertebrate biology (eg MB2080 or ZL2005).
||MB2080 OR ZL2005
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and in case
of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest