An introduction to physical, chemical and biological processes and their co-dependencies in the global ocean system.
A varied and exciting introduction to the diversity of disciplines that constitute marine science. In this paper we investigate a series of important biological processes and how they interact with each other. We focus first on how the oceans came to be. We then delve into marine biodiversity and ecology, with fascinating lectures on plankton, invertebrates, marine birds and mammals. We then discuss how these groups detect and respond to changes in their environment. Lastly, we examine the enormously valuable resources extracted from the ocean, such as fisheries and aquaculture, and, consequently, how human activities are threatening the marine environment. The lectures are complemented by hands-on practicals and field-trips utilising the University's research vessels.
|Paper title||Marine Biology: The Living Ocean|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,141.35|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- Schedule C
- Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Bridie Allan
Teaching Fellow: Dr Ursula Ellenburg
Oceanography: an invitation to Marine Science, by Tom Garrison, 2015.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking,
Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students will be introduced to the scope of marine science, learning how marine organisms survive and interact in the world's oceans. They will gain skills in critical evaluation, data presentation and report writing, as well as practical analytical and field experience.