Introduction to Marine Science

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Marine Science

  • 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.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    Course Description
    This course serves as a general introduction to the field of Marine Science, and the scope of materials to be covered by the Bachelor of Marine Science degree and the Marine Biology major of the BSc. Elements of biological, physical and chemical oceanography and their applications to coastal management will be discussed, with the help of local as well as global examples.

    Course Introduction
    This is the introductory course to the Bachelor of Marine Science Program and the Marine Biology major of the BSc, setting the base for more advanced material in future years of the curricula. Welcome on board!

    Course Aims
    An overall understanding of the marine environment is a necessity for students perusing a career in marine
    science (or a related field). This course provides an introduction to marine science, including history of
    marine science, basic water properties, marine flows, geomorphology, and introduction to marine biology
    and chemistry and monitoring techniques. This course forms the foundation for more advanced offerings in the Bachelor of Marine Science program and the Marine Biology major of the BSc.

    The aims of this course are:
    1. To assist students in developing an understanding of basic marine processes and features and
    their relevance to marine science studies
    2. To expose students to various monitoring, measuring and analysis techniques in Marine Science
    3. To develop written communication skills required in marine science

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 describe the various physical and biological processes that control the character of the marine environments
    2 describe and perform various basic monitoring techniques
    3 outline how to undertake monitoring studies
    4 prepare relevant reports in marine science practice

    Assessment Plan
    Assignment - Laboratory/Laboratory Report - Field trip report 20%/20
    Assignment - Laboratory/Laboratory Report - Field notebook and lab report 15%/100
    Test or quiz - Three closed book quizzes 15%/20
    Exam - constructed response - Closed book final examination 50%/100

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.