Marine Science

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Marine Science

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Marine Biology, Oceanography

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Recommended Prerequisite: BIOL1030

    Assumed Background: A basic background in any of the physical or biological sciences is assumed.

    *This course has a field trip component. Additional fees, paid directly to the university, may apply.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description:
    Biology, geology, & oceanography of marine ecosystems, including estuaries, littoral zones & coral reefs.

    Course Introduction
    This course offers an exciting opportunity for students to study unique marine ecosystems, and the intricacies of environmental factors affecting them. Field trips and field work will allow first-hand experience of local marine environments. The course consists of a series of integrated lectures covering subfields of the marine sciences (marine oceanography, marine geography, marine zoology, marine botany and aquaculture) and a field-based programme designed to complement the material presented in lectures. The field study will involve students working in groups of ~4-5 persons visiting a selected shore location and collecting observational data to test hypotheses of how physical and biological factors influence composition and diversity of marine communities. The background to the field study is provided through a series of practical sessions and field trips where students acquire appropriate knowledge of field methods and procedures, as well as receive consultation regarding planning field work and interpreting data obtained during field work.


    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • describe your understanding of the physical and chemical processes, organisms, and ecological processes operating in the marine environment
    • demonstrate an understanding of the major marine ecosystems and the processes that give rise to their structure and function
    • use a basic set of research methods, computational and written skills to conduct a research project in the marine environment
    • explain and articulate the economic importance and major threats to marine ecosystems
    Class Contact
    3 Lecture hours, 2 Practical or Laboratory hours


Course Disclaimer

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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.