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MB3050 - Biological Oceanography

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

An examination of the plankton community and its interactions with the physical and chemical environment. Topics include: nutrients and productivity, zooplankton behaviour and life cycles and the distribution of planktonic species over space and time on a broad range of scales and factors influencing the survival of larval fish.

Learning Outcomes

  • to give a sense of the complex structure of the planktonic community over the full scale of variation across space, time and body size;
  • to give the student a new conceptual understanding of the ocean as a fabric of living organisms, rather than as a mere water mass;
  • to impress upon the student the fundamental significance of the plankton as the foundation of the economy of the sea and the nursery for most of its species;
  • to provide a practical familiarity with the techniques of plankton sampling, identification and analysis.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of basic biological principles (eg BZ1001) and marine systems (eg MB2050) and should have completed either BS2001 or MB2060.
Prerequisites: (BS2001 OR BZ2001 OR AG2001) OR MB2060
MB5055 AND MB3059


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Professor Michael Kingsford
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Professor Michael Kingsford.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours practicals
  • 13 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 8 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); assignments (20%); tutorial assignment; (20%).

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