School Of Science

Marine and Aquatic EcologyWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300978.2


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Concepts of classification, evolution, taxonomy, cellular processes plant and animal structure and function, normal distribution, representative sampling, probability and uncertainty

Equivalent Units
300465 - Aquatic Ecology, 300929 - Aquatic Ecology

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 80 credit points at Level 1 and 40 credit points at Level 2.

About this Unit
Temperate freshwater, estuarine and marine aquatic ecosystems play vital roles in providing food, water, recreation and other ecosystem services to human society and habitats for important species that make up global biodiversity. Yet aquatic habitats are the most threatened ecosystems on earth, under threat from global climate change and urbanisation. Through inquiry and problem solving this unit will equip students with the necessary techniques in experimental design and analysis needed to investigate aquatic ecosystems and knowledge of the main animal and plants in aquatic and marine ecosystems. The logic and philosophy of science, scientific studies and experimental analyses will be used to understand temperate aquatic ecosystems throughout this unit. On completion students will have the background knowledge and skills communicate to a range of audiences, so that they can contribute beneficially to management and/or conservation of waterways and oceans and the biodiversity within.

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Students must wear covered footwear for field excursions.

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