MARN13007 - Coastal Marine Resources

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Coastal zones around the world are productive and dynamic environments, hosting a large variety of habitats and species that humans use for economic, societal, and recreational purposes. Human use of coastal resources is not without impacts, however, some of which can exacerbate natural events to harm environments and their continued sustainable use. In this unit you will learn about the relationships humans have with estuaries, coastal shorelines, and off-shore environments and habitats, focusing on the range of resource use, associated impacts, and their effective sustainable management. You will be required to synthesise and analyse information and data from multiple points of view (e.g. environmental, societal, economic, etc.), justifying conclusions that demonstrate 'best-practice' methodology for sustainable management across stakeholders. You will practice various forms of written communication, such as scientific tables, media releases, and posters, as part of your assessment. Your practical work will be assessed as part of an end-of-term summary report based on the unit's residential school activities and discussions.

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 - 2019

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

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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 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 38.89% 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
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
A unit change proposal that removes the exam and shifts the weight of the assessment onto the residential school report (expanding it to a large and more comprehensive assessment) was submitted in mid-2018 and has been approved by the ASE committee for 2019.
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
Sound quality issues resolved for 2018.
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
Additional previous examples of high-scoring assessment items were provided.
Source: Moodle feedback In-person feedback
Feedback
Many students expressed their deep enjoyment of the residential school on North Keppel Island.
Recommendation
Retain the current residential school structure.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle feedback
Feedback
One student commented that they appreciated the diverse assessment types that were more reflective of tasks required in the 'real world' (e.g. media release, conference poster).
Recommendation
Retain the diversity of assessment types.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle feedback In-person feedback
Feedback
Some students expressed disappointment that they weren't able to SCUBA dive during the residential school.
Recommendation
While this option would be excellent, it is not feasible from an equity standpoint (not all students are trained or are capable of SCUBA diving), as well as an OH&S standpoint (neither CQU or the North Keppel Island Environment Education Centre have the policy in place to oversee SCUBA diving operations).
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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