Marine Biology

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Marine Biology

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Marine Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BI202: Invertebrate Biology or MS202: Invertebrate Biology

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    Equivalent to MS305. The emphasis in this course is placed on tropical marine biology from an ecological perspective. The main primary producers in the oceans are examined from the plankton to the larger benthic marine autotrophs. The ecology of coral reefs, mangrove communities, seagrass beds, intertidal and shallow water sub-tidal benthic communities will equally be examined. A short presentation of deep-sea organisms will be given. The shallow-water ecosystems will be studied using a variety of survey methods and thus field work will be a major component of this course.


    Learning Outcomes:

    -Describe the ecological relationship among marine organisms, in particular in tropical coastal ecosystems

    -Identify and evaluate major changes in marine coastal habitats

    -Develop a data collection project on shallow marine environments based on scientific methods

    -Build and make proper use of technical vocabulary in marine biology

    -Work cooperatively in a small group environment



    Castro P., Huber M.E. (2013) Marine Biology. 9'' ed. McGraw-Hill, New York, USA



    Short test 1: 4.5%

    Short test 2: 4.5%

    Mid-term field trip report: 9%

    Collection of weekly learning hours data: 5%

    Practicals: 17%

    Final Exam: 60%

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