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MB5001 - Tropical Marine Ecology and Coastal Impacts

[Offered in even-numbered years, however offered in 2015]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science, Technology & Engineering

Available to postgraduate students in the College of Marine and Environmental Sciences. Also available to third year level students in the College of Marine and Environmental Sciences with a GPA >5

Impacts on coastal systems are increasing and include: climate change, fisheries, tourism and development. An understanding of impacts requires a knowledge of local biodiversity and this can vary greatly by ocean. This subject focuses on the ecology of marine organisms and impacts on marine coastal assemblages in the Andaman Sea - on the Eastern side of the Indian Ocean. The Andaman Sea is subjects to impacts such as storms, tsunamis and coral bleaching as well as intense pressure from tourism, fisheries, runoff from the mainland and coastal developments. Biogeographically the area has a strong Indian Ocean Influence and some leakage from the western Pacific. The subject will enhance core ecological skills and will provide an increased knowledge of marine organisms and impacts faced by tropical reefs of the world and the potential for sustainable practices. The subject entails a field trip to Phuket, Thailand and excursions to local reefs, coastal habitats. There are additional charges for this subjects and a quota on student enrollments applies. MB5001 is available for enrollments by postgraduate coursework students in the College of Marine and Environmental Sciences and to approved JCUS students. Where space allows, MB5001 is also available to undergraduate students in their third year with a GPA >5; Please contact the College for details.

There are additional charges for this subject; please contact the School for details.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate theoretical knowledge on principles in marine ecology through oral and written modes of presentation;
  • apply learning of marine ecology principles and tropical species to the writing of projects and to critique environmental assessments;
  • recognise through critical evaluation both limitations and the potential for fisheries, aquaculture, tourism and development practices conducted in the tropics;
  • demonstrate progress in developing a greater suite of practical skills in diagnosing impacts in coastal tropical waters;
  • have a more holistic understanding of impacts in heavily populated parts of SE Asia.
Assumed
Knowledge:
Students are assumed to have a basic understanding of ecological principles and techniques as well as some background in statistics and sampling design. A basic understanding of marine biodiversity is also assumed.

Availabilities

JCU Singapore, Study Period 53, Block
Census Date 26-Nov-2015
Face to face teaching 28-Nov-2015 to 07-Dec-2015
Coordinator: Professor Michael Kingsford
Lecturers: Professor Michael Kingsford, Dr April Hall, Dr Neil Hutchinson.
Workload expectations:
  • 8 hours lectures - Impacts, sampling theory, paradigms
  • 6 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 4 hours - Online primers for biodiversity and habitats found at Phuket.
  • 40 hours fieldwork
Assessment: quizzes or tests (25%); presentations (25%); assignments (50%).

Townsville, Study Period 10, Block
Census Date 10-Dec-2015
Face to face teaching 28-Nov-2015 to 07-Dec-2015
Coordinator: Professor Michael Kingsford
Lecturers: Professor Michael Kingsford, Dr April Hall, Dr Neil Hutchinson.
Workload expectations:
  • 8 hours lectures - Impacts, sampling theory, paradigms
  • 6 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 4 hours - Online primers for biodiversity and habitats found in Phuket.
  • 40 hours fieldwork
Assessment: quizzes or tests (25%); presentations (25%); assignments (50%).

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.