SLE163 - Marine and Coastal Ecosystems


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Warrnambool
Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as:


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 - campus

1 x 2 hour face-to-face seminar per fortnight, 1 weekend fieldtrip during the trimester (8 hours per day over 2 days).



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

Students enrolled at the Warrnambool campus are required to attend a weekend fieldtrip at the Warrnambool campus.


SLE163 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.

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