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MARI451 Advanced Topics in Marine Science

A current literature-based course that develops critical thinking, experimental design and best practice in publishing research.

This literature-based seminar paper is designed to provide exposure to the best practice for science writing and presentation of scientific results in marine science by examining current articles in the marine literature. The paper will provide a vehicle for keeping up-to-date with the literature and with new methods by carefully examining the newest research articles across a broad range of subject matter in marine science. We will read and discuss recent articles from a group of the highest-impact marine journals, representing the best current marine research.

Paper title Advanced Topics in Marine Science
Paper code MARI451
Subject Marine Science
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,655.16
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Admission subject to approval from Head of Department.

To be advised when paper next offered.

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To be advised when paper next offered.


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper students should be able to:
  • Dissect a high-quality research article into component parts and understand logic for problem solving
  • Understand the uses and limitations of a broad range of statistical tools in ecology and environmental studies
  • Develop a research question and break it down into a series of statistical hypotheses
  • Critically evaluate the scientific literatureGive a concise, professional scientific talk

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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