BIOL428-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Marine Biology and Ecology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


This course focuses on current issues in marine biology and ecology. It includes a critical assessment of experimental approaches, ecological and physiological processes affecting the structure of marine communities and the application of research to current issues.

This course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in undergraduate courses, particularly ecology, physiology and behaviour. The focus is on marine ecosystems, how they are maintained and what affects them. The course includes critical examination of the literature across a variety of topics and issues, and a practical exercise involving procedures and information required for marine resource consents. The topical issues traversed in this course combine theory and management, and offer a sound basis for greater understanding of sustainable management of the marine domain.

Learning Outcomes

  • As a student in this course, I will develop the ability to:
  • An ability to access and critically evaluate scientific literature relating to particular topics
  • Detailed understanding of the factors affecting marine habitats under stress
  • Development of communication skills in presenting analysis of topical issues
  • Development of skills in the verbal and written presentation of scientific literature
  • Development of skills in scientific analysis and report writing
  • Integration of advanced theories to assess and manage current marine issues.




Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 17:00 - 18:00 Jack Erskine 111 17 Feb - 23 Feb
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00 Online Delivery (29/4, 13/5, 27/5)
Jack Erskine 240 (26/2, 11/3, 25/3)
24 Feb - 1 Mar
9 Mar - 15 Mar
23 Mar - 29 Mar
27 Apr - 3 May
11 May - 17 May
25 May - 31 May

Course Coordinator

For further information see School of Biological Sciences Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Course assignments 15%
Written research essay 15%
Final Exam 55%
Seminar coursework 15%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,054.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Biological Sciences.

All BIOL428 Occurrences

  • BIOL428-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020