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SLE263 - Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Previously coded as:

SQB263, SQB336

Unit chair:

Ty Matthews


One of SLE103, SLE144 or SLE132


SLE010, STP010 and must be enrolled in S369, S399, S465

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour face-to-face seminar per fortnight, 1 weekend fieldtrip during the trimester (7 hours per day over 2 days).


Students may be required to meet their own expenses for the laboratory fieldtrip.


SLE263 introduces students to the functioning of marine ecosystems and the adaptations of biota to their physical environment. Students will explore the conceptual basis for ecosystem ecology as well as the characteristics of key coastal ecosystems (rocky, sandy and muddy shores, mangroves, saltmarshes, estuaries), continental shelves, oceanic, deep-sea and polar ecosystems, and tropical coral reefs. Learning and assessment activities in this unit will provide students with the opportunity to explore commonalities and differences in major marine and coastal ecosystems and test their ability to incorporate, apply and communicate their knowledge in a real-world context. Students must work collaboratively; research and assimilate information; engage in field and laboratory work; collect, analyse and synthesise data; and connect theory with ecosystem structure.


Field report 30%, review poster 20%, examination 50%

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