SLE128 - Oceans, Coasts and Climate Change


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 1 hour of online content per week (recordings provided), 1 x 3 hour online virtual field trip per trimester


Ocean and coastal ecosystems provide goods and services that are imperative to human survival and well-being. Coastal protection, fish production, and biogeochemical cycling - just to name a few. We rely on our oceans and coasts in so many ways, which we rarely recognise. With coastal development and ocean exploitation, many of the goods and services provided by our oceans and coasts are under threat, and now climate change presents new challenges; rising seas, extreme weather events, ocean acidification, and warmer waters. Fortunately, humanity is awakening to the fact that we depend on our oceans and coasts. Citizens, governments, and industries are rising to the challenge of better ocean and coastal management. This solutions- oriented unit will: explore ways we can better govern our oceans; the role of the oceans in climate change mitigation; innovations in technology for ocean exploration and research, and financial mechanisms for investing in our coasts. The unit will build awareness of hot topics in marine science, and develop skills in practical measures for sustainable ocean and coastal management in the face of climate change. Industry guest speakers and leading scientists will discuss how they built a career in marine science, and where they think the future is headed.