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This course focuses on current issues in marine biology and ecology. It includes a critical assessment of experimental approaches, ecological and physiological processes affecting the structure of marine communities and the application of research to current issues.
This course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in undergraduate courses, particularly ecology, physiology and behaviour. The focus is on marine ecosystems, how they are maintained and what affects them. The course includes critical examination of the literature across a variety of topics and issues, and a practical exercise involving procedures and information required for marine resource consents. The topical issues traversed in this course combine theory and management, and offer a sound basis for greater understanding of sustainable management of the marine domain.
As a student in this course, I will develop the ability to:Access and critically evaluate scientific literature relating to particular topicsAchieve a detailed understanding of the factors affecting marine habitats under stressDevelop of communication skills in presenting analysis of topical issuesDevelop of skills in the verbal and written presentation of scientific literatureDevelop of skills in scientific analysis and report writingIntegrate advanced theories to assess and manage current marine issues.Transferable Skills / Pūkenga NgaioAs a student in this course, I will develop the following skills:Well-structured, logical and cohesive oral presentation. This will be important for any career in research or in an NGO, where you will need to communicate convincingly to convey relevant information and syntheses to achieve desirable outcomes. We will work on this and provide feedback throughout the course.Synthesising information. In everyday life and in many job situations you will be required to read information from different sources, construct your own understanding and shape your own viewpoint. In tutorials we will discuss recent research papers in a group environment and this will develop your abilities to identify the essential elements of research outputs - you will then use in proposal writing and the exam.Well-structured, logical and cohesive written presentations. Clear written communication is essential for most professional careers; communicating through well-structured, grammatically correct, and informative reports is a key element of most professions. We will provide feedback and suggestions as we progress into written assignments.
BIOL212 and BIOL384
Students must attend one activity from each section.
The course is structured for students with a background in marine ecology, animal physiology and behaviour. An understanding of experimental design and statistical analysis will also be useful. Basic undergraduate-level knowledge of marine biology is essential. Entry to the course can be granted by the coordinator and the HOD and depends on a good academic record.
Domestic fee $1,145.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Biological Sciences