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MB3200 - Marine Conservation Biology

[Offered in odd-numbered years in JCU Singapore. ]

Credit points: 03
Year: 2018
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

An ecological approach to human impacts on, and conservation of marine habitats and species, with a tropical emphasis. It will describe the ecological effects of overfishing, nutrient enrichment, habitat loss, pollution and marine introductions. The subject will examine the meanings of the terms rare and endangered for marine organisms and the threat of extinction. Current practices employed in the conservation and management of marine habitats and endangered marine species will be debated. A central focus will be the ecological principles and practice of designing marine reserves, enhancing populations of rare species and restoring damaged biological communities. Tutorials and an on-line chat room will facilitate the debate of all current issues in marine conservation.

Learning Outcomes

  • acquire a knowledge of the current understanding of human impacts on and conservation of different types of marine organisms;
  • acquire an understanding of the basic methodologies of impact assessment and conservation research;
  • to develop verbal, written and on-line skills in debating marine conservation issues.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of basic biology, ecology, statistics and marine biology and should have completed either (SC2202 OR SC2209) OR MB2060 or equivalents
Prerequisites: (SC2202 OR SC2209 OR BS2001 OR BZ2001 OR AG2001) OR MB2060


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 23-Aug-2018
Coordinator: Professor Geoffrey Jones
Lecturers: Professor Geoffrey Jones, Dr Maya Srinivasan.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 17 hours tutorials
    Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); assignments (40%).

    External, Study Period 1
    Census Date 22-Mar-2018
    Coordinator: Professor Geoffrey Jones
    Lecturers: Professor Marcus Sheaves, Dr Maya Srinivasan.
    Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
    Assessment: assignments (40%); (60%).

    JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 52
    Census Date 02-Aug-2018
    Coordinator: Professor Geoffrey Jones
    Lecturers: Dr Neil Hutchinson, Mr Jonathan Poh.
    Contact hours:
    • 43 hours - Combined Lectures and tutorials
      Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); assignments (40%).

      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.