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SLE263 - Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:

SQB263, SQB336

EFTSL value:


Unit chair:

Adam Pope


One of SLE103, SLE144 or SLE132



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

2 x 1 hour class per week, equivalent of 5 x 3 hour practicals or field trips per trimester.


Students may be required to meet their own expenses for the field laboratory course at Warrnambool.


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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