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MARN13007 - Coastal Marine Resources

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Aquatic animals and plants of coastal zones are exposed to relatively large environmental fluctutations. The complexity of the dynamic biological communities in these zones is further impacted by the activities of humans. This unit focuses on three coastal marine communities: estuaries, coral reefs and inshore fisheries. The emphasis is on synecology and broad-scale ecological processes together with the management of these important marine resources.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: BOTN12010 OR ZOOL12009

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2018

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 15%
2. Written Assessment 15%
3. Written Assessment 15%
4. In-class Test(s) 5%
5. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 47.37% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Moodle
Feedback
Students were pleased with the move away from essays in favor of assessment items that required synthesis of multiple sources of information and presented in a range of ways.
Recommendation
Retain assessment structure for this part of the course.
Action Taken
This was retained.
Source: moodle
Feedback
One student suggested lectures be given by one person only through the course
Recommendation
While this would ensure consistency of delivery, it would come at a cost of exposure to different expertise and experiences, which would diminish the learning experience for the student.
Action Taken
This course continued to have three staff giving lectures.
Source: one-on-one feedback
Feedback
Students enjoyed the theme of the residential school ("Should we build a resort on North Keppel Island") as it forced them to draw from lessons and experiences across their degree, and the structure of the residential school encouraged them to "work it out as a team" rather than under direction of the staff.
Recommendation
Retain this approach to the residential school, but consider expanding the assessment tied to this (currently 5% of total grade) at the expense of the exam (50%) which is not an ideal tool to demonstrate the synthetic and applied knowledge of a final year student.
Action Taken
The theme of the residential school was retained however, there was no change to the percentage value of the assessment.
Source: Moodle feedback
Feedback
The within-term assessment items again received positive feedback from students, e.g. "All of the assessment pieces were relevant and indicative of something you'd have to do in an enviro job." One student also suggested the residential school assessment carry a larger weighting toward their unit grade (currently 5%) because it was a "great assessment."
Recommendation
Retain the format of the within-unit assessment items, but look at expanding the elements that students most engaged with, including assessment weighting.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle feedback
Feedback
Sound quality of some lecture videos was poor in places.
Recommendation
Investigate identified lectures and approach IT for possible solutions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle feedback
Feedback
Provision of additional examples for within-unit assessment items.
Recommendation
Additional examples for within-unit assessment items will be provided to help guide students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the main components and explain their development as discrete sub-systems.
  2. Compare and contrast the biological interactions between selected key organisms within a biological community.
  3. Sample and quantify representative components so they can interpret the dynamics of the system.
  4. Assess disturbances by natural and anthropogenic pressures.
  5. Evaluate current coastal management programs and practices.
  6. Complete basic practical work in a safe and efficient manner.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - In-class Test(s)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
5 - Examination