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MARS3888: Marine Science Interdisciplinary Project

Our ever-changing world requires knowledge that extends across multiple disciplines. The ability to identify and explore interdisciplinary links is a crucial skill for emerging professionals and researchers alike. This unit showcases the state-of-the-art marine science research undertaken by biologists and geoscientists at the University of Sydney within the context of a multi-disciplinary, research-based project. You will be exposed to thematic topics within the modern field of marine science via a series of lectures, workshops and seminars, including fieldtrips in some cases. Fundamental to the unit is an interdisciplinary research project where you will be working with students from other disciplines, for example engineering, to solve real-life questions about the workings of the marine environment. This unit focuses on developing the skills required for a career in marine science. You will learn techniques to acquire, process, analyse, and interpret real scientific data. This unit also teaches about science communication, an essential skill for science graduates, regardless of the career path you want to pursue. You will practice these skills regularly throughout the semester. By doing this unit, you will bring together the concepts and skills you have learnt in your discipline and apply them to a real-world problem.

Code MARS3888
Academic unit Geosciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
GEOS2X15 and BIOL2X22
Assumed knowledge:
Students should have general knowledge of fundamental concepts in the geological and biological sciences of marine systems

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. apply state-of-the-art disciplinary knowledge in marine biological and geosciences to solve problems in an interdisciplinary context
  • LO2. find, define, and delimit authentic problems in order to address them
  • LO3. manage projects by creating an investigation strategy, exploring solutions, discussing approaches, and predicting outcomes
  • LO4. analyse data using modern information technology and digital skills to understand the complex interplay of biologic, geologic, and physical processes in marine systems
  • LO5. demonstrate integrity, confidence, personal resilience, and the capacity to manage challenges, both individually and in teams
  • LO6. collaborate with diverse groups, and across cultural and disciplinary boundaries, to develop solution(s) to the project problems
  • LO7. communicate project outcomes effectively to other experts and to a broad audience.