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Marine Botany (BOTA30001)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeBOTA30001
Availability(Quotas apply)
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(An enrolment quota of 30 students applies to this subject)

This subject will introduce students to the biology of marine and estuarine plants (seaweeds, seagrasses and phytoplankton). Fieldwork focuses on the identification, diversity and ecology of Australia's unique marine flora. Topics to be covered include:

  • biodiversity and evolution
  • structure, life history and classification
  • distribution and ecology
  • human impacts and commercial uses
  • gain, spread and loss of photosynthesis in protists
  • role of phytoplankton in the marine environment

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of the subject, students should have developed an understanding of:

  • the biology, diversity and evolution of Australian marine plants and protists
  • the unique nature of the Australian seaweed flora
  • the role of algae in marine ecosystems
  • practical skills in identifying common seaweeds and marine protists
  • practical skills in processing, preserving and culturing marine plants and plankton
  • the diverse cell biology of marine protists
  • current themes in algal research

Generic skills

Upon completion of this subject, students should be capable of:

  • Independent critical thought and rational enquiry
  • Reading and interpreting technical literature
  • Working as a team to perform scientific tasks

Last updated: 10 August 2019