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MARI112 Marine Biology: The Living Ocean

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
Paper code MARI112
Subject Marine Science
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
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.

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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.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 09:00-09:50 29-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 14:00-17:50 29, 31-34, 37, 39, 41
A2 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 29, 31-34, 37, 39, 41
A3 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 29, 31-34, 37, 39, 41
A4 Thursday 14:00-17:50 29, 31-34, 37, 39, 41