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Blue Planet-Intro to Marine Environments (EVSC20004)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeEVSC20004
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will introduce students to the interrelationships among marine organisms and the ocean they live in and how these interactions are changing as a consequence of human activities. Topics covered include: ocean circulation, productivity and the impacts of climate change; coastal upwelling, food web dynamics and the impacts of fishing; coastal currents, species ranges and the effects of introduced marine pests; and land-sea connections, nutrient cycling and toxic algal blooms. How to study the interactions between the ocean and its flora and fauna will be investigated through a compulsory weekend field excursion on 19 and 20 March to Thirteenth Beach, Barwon Heads.

Intended learning outcomes

The objectives of this subject are to:

  • introduce the sciences of marine biology and oceanography,
  • demonstrate how various elements of the living marine environment interrelate and are part of the complex system we know as the world’s oceans,
  • increase awareness of human impacts on the marine environment, and
  • provide basic tools for understanding and studying the marine environment.

Generic skills

The subject builds upon generic skills developed in first year level subjects, including the ability to approach and assimilate new knowledge and an ability to use that knowledge to evaluate theories and communicate ideas. Students should also develop skills in field sampling techniques and to apply these skills to investigate marine environmental issues.

Eligibility and requirements


One of

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIOL10002 Biomolecules and Cells
Semester 1
BIOL10003 Genes and Environment
Semester 2
BIOL10004 Biology of Cells and Organisms
Semester 1
BIOL10005 Genetics & The Evolution of Life
Semester 2
BIOL10001 Biology of Australian Flora & Fauna
Semester 2
ENVS10001 Natural Environments
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

A written excursion report (including marine field guide) up to 1500 words due during the semester (40%); a 30 minute mid-semester test (20%); a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (40%).

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorJohn Morrongiello
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours31 lectures; 3 tutorials; 16 hours of field practical instruction
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period27 February 2017 to 28 May 2017
    Last self-enrol date10 March 2017
    Census date31 March 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail 5 May 2017
    Assessment period ends23 June 2017

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

Lectures and compulsory field excursion.

Weekend field excursion on 19 and 20 March to Thirteenth Beach, Barwon Heads.

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019