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Introduction to Marine Field Ecology - BIOL2028

Year - 2020

This fieldwork unit of study provides an introduction to experimental research on marine organisms. Students do research projects designed to develop an understanding of the experimental studies of marine organisms and the analysis of resulting data. The ethos of the unit is to encourage students to develop a logical approach to hypothesis testing in marine ecology, by experimentally testing hypotheses on the distribution and behaviour of marine organisms. Emphasis is given to developing research skills in field ecology and placing empirical observations into a coherent logical structure. This unit of study provides a suitable foundation for senior biology units of study.

8-day intensive field course

In-class test on Biodiversity (30%), descriptive reports of sampling methodologies appropriate to different organisms (20%), practical reports/presentations (40%), record keeping and participation (10%).

Recommended Kingsford M, Battershill C (1998) Studying Marine Temperate Environments: A Handbook for Ecologists. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press. 335 p.

Additional information
This unit cannot be combined with more than one other BIOL field unit during the degree. Entry into the unit is based on placement availability and selection is competitive based on academic performance in the pre-requisite units of study. Academic performance in any intermediate BIOL units of study may also be considered. The unit is only available in ODD years (2015, 2017), but students may apply for entry into an alternative intermediate field unit in EVEN years.


12cp from (BIOL1XXX, MBLG1XXX)


BIOL2928 or BIOL3008 or BIOL3908


Faculty: Science

Intensive July

22 Jun 2020

Department/School: Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Study Mode: Field experience
Census Date: 10 Jul 2020
Unit of study level: Intermediate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: A/Prof Ross Coleman
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