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MB5270 - Wetland and Estuarine Ecosystems

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

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 the full range of wetland and estuarine ecosystems, with particular emphasis on tropical systems. Students will attend classes for MB3270.

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.

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 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 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 BZ5001 or equivalent, and an excellent understanding of ecological principles.
Prerequisites: (BZ2001 OR BS2001 OR AG2001) OR MB2060
MB3270 AND MB3279


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Professor Marcus Sheaves
Lecturers: Dr Robert Congdon, 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 (30%); (70%).

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.