BIOL428-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Marine Biology and Ecology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


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.


BIOL270 or BIOL250



Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 235
20 Feb - 26 Feb
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 E12
27 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 30 Apr

Timetable Note

The course is suitable for students with a background in ecology, animal physiology and behaviour. An understanding of experimental design and statistical analysis will also be useful. Some knowledge of marine biology is essential. Entry to the course can be granted by the coordinator or the HOD and depends on a good academic record. In the past students with a science or research management qualifications have been allowed entry. Students without suitable biological background would be expected (if accepted) to undertake background reading to become familiar with course topics.

Course Coordinator

David Schiel


John Pirker and Mads Thomsen


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Course assignments 15% Resource consent tribunal work, including presentation, discussion and written report (based on Seminar 6).
Written research essay 15%
Final Exam 55%
Seminar coursework 15% Performance in seminars and written material for seminars 1-5.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Biological Sciences .

All BIOL428 Occurrences

  • BIOL428-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023