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.
Weekly lectures (2 hours) and workshops (4 hours).
Disciplinary report (15%), Interdisciplinary project presentation (15%), Interdisciplinary project report (20%), Interdisciplinary Science Communication (15%), Exam (35%).
Students should have general knowledge of fundamental concepts in the geological and biological sciences of marine systems
GEOS2X15 and BIOL2X22