Coral Reefs, Science and Management (MARS5006)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit provides an in - depth overview of the key biological and non-biological processes that make up coral reef ecosystems. There is a focus on the biogeographic, oceanographic and physiological processes underlying the integrity of global tropical reef systems. The Great Barrier Reef is used as a case study to explore emerging concepts on the influence of natural and anthropogenic processes on the integrity of global reef and lagoon systems. Learning activities will include a series of background lectures and research seminars and tutorials in the development of a major research project. A major aspect of this unit is an independent research project conducted under the supervision of the course instructors. The unit concludes with a series of oral presentations based on student research. Assessment tasks will consist of one essay, essay topic presentation and a research project report and presentation. The curriculum in this unit is based on current research and a course book will be provided. This is a field intensive course held at One Tree Island Research Station or Heron Island Research Station. The course is ex-Gladstone Queensland and students are expected to make their own way there. This unit will be run over 6-8 days and there will be an additional course fee for transport, food and accommodation, expected to be $700.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information

Classes

University base delivery: prefield trip tutorial (1-hour), four lectures (1-hour each). Field based delivery: seven lectures (1-hour each), four seminars (1-hour each), two tutorials - individual consultations to develop concepts in research (1-hour each)

Assessment

Written assignments: essay and project report; oral presentations; seminar and lecture participation (100%).

Faculty/department permission required?

Yes

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Find a non-award course for this unit of study

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.

Find a cross-institutional course for this unit of study