Marine Systems 1

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Marine Systems 1

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Marine Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    *This course is restricted to students who are completing related studies due to limited seat availability.

    Pre-requisite: 1007ENV Introduction to Marine Science

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course is divided into two major areas of learning. The first third of the course will introduce students to the newly emerging field of marine biotechnology. Marine biotechnology involves the use of cutting edge molecular and chemical techniques to develop commercial products and monitoring tools that will be used in medicine, aquaculture, food production and environmental monitoring. The second component of the course gives students a thorough grounding in the biological processes occurring on the coastline and in nearshore marine habitats, especially sandy beaches and rocky headlands, the habitats that dominate the south eastern Australian coastline
     
    Course Introduction
    The first third of the course will introduce students to the newly emerging field of marine biotechnology. Marine biotechnology involves the use of cutting edge molecular and chemical techniques to develop commercial products and monitoring tools that will be used in medicine, aquaculture, food production and environmental monitoring. The major part of the course gives students a thorough grounding in the physical and biological processes occurring on the coastline and in near shore marine habitats, especially sandy beaches and rocky headlands, the habitats that dominate the south-eastern Australian coastline.
     
     
    Course Aims
    This course is divided into two major areas of learning. The first third of the course will introduce students
    to the newly emerging field of marine biotechnology. Marine biotechnology involves the use of cutting edge
    molecular and chemical techniques to develop commercial products and monitoring tools that will be used
    in medicine, aquaculture, food production and environmental monitoring. This component of the course will
    cover the application of biotechnology to discover new treatments for human diseases, food additives to
    improve health, alternative methods to prevent marine fouling on boats and other structures and methods
    to monitor the over exploitation of fish stocks. The influence of marine toxins on food safety will also be
    discussed. Students will be introduced to the field of chemical ecology and the importance of symbiotic
    relationships within marine invertebrates and microbes.
     
    The second component of the course gives students a thorough grounding in the biological processes
    occurring on the coastline and in nearshore marine habitats, especially sandy beaches and rocky
    headlands, the habitats that dominate the south eastern Australian coastline. Processes such as sand
    deposition, wave action, and erosion are examined with regard to their influence on the plants and animals
    that live there. The manipulative experimental approach of studying shore community structure and
    function will be emphasised throughout the course. Identification and ecology of the dominant plants and
    animals, and management of pollution and human activities, are also covered.
     
    The course is compulsory for students undertaking the Bachelor of Marine Science degree.
    Assessment is by practical work, a literature review assignment and a final examination.
     
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 have a thorough foundation in many aspects of marine biotechnology and chemical ecology
    2 have a working awareness of experimental techniques used in biotechnology
    3 be able to identify dominant plants and invertebrates of major nearshore marine habitats such as sandy beaches and rocky headlands
    4 have a working awareness of sampling and experimental methodologies for studying plants and animals of nearshore marine habitats
    5 have demonstrated experience in being able to conduct scientific research into practical topics, and in being able to present results scientifically
    6 have focussed in detail on a particular project topic in coastal biology or biotechnology, and written about that topic in an authoritative manner
    7 have a thorough grounding in the many physical and ecological processes in nearshore coastal habitats such as sandy beaches and rocky headlands.
     
     

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Assignment - Research-based Assignment
    Poster project

    30%/30

    Assignment - Laboratory/Laboratory Report
    Practical report

    15%/15

    Assignment - Laboratory/Laboratory Report
    Field Trip Report(s)

    10%/10

    Test or quiz
    Marine Biotechnology Exam

    13.5%/30

    Exam - selected and constructed responses
    Final examination

    31.5%/70

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.