MSCI0501 – The Marine Environment

MSCI0501 – The Marine Environment covers aspects of both the physical and biological environments of the sea and their inter-relationships. It depicts marine science as a body of knowledge and a process of continual enquiry and testing of ideas. It considers human impacts on the marine environments and how the principles and methods of science in general are used to predict and to solve the problems created by human activities.

The course includes discussion of: i) the marine environment, its physical, geological, chemical and biological characteristics and their interactions; ii) beach safety and marine biodiversity and iii) the effects of development and climate change on the marine environment and how science can contribute to providing solutions to these problems.

Two to three field excursions (generally held on a weekend) take the place of weekly practicals to supplement the lectures, and will involve an approximate cost of $50 to students.

Session 1 and 2, 2017

Study level: Undergraduate

6 units of credit

Hours per week: 4 - 2 hours lectures plus two or three field excursions during the semester.

Number of weeks: 12.

Current handbook entry Current timetable Course outline

Who should I contact?

Coordinator: Angela Maharaj

What does this course cover?

  1. Coastal Geomorphology and Marine Geology – an introduction to coastal erosion, sediment transport, beach formation and tidal deltas.
  2. Marine Life – an introduction to the diversity of marine life from plankton to whales and a variety of ecological systems.
  3. Oceanography - an introduction to ocean observation and circulation, El Niño, coastal upwelling, waves and tides.
  4. Oceans Climate and Carbon – an introduction to the chemical and biological interactions in the ocean, including the carbon cycle, and the ocean’s role in climate.

Are there mandatory activities for this course?

Two to three field trips, incurring approximate an cost of $50.

Is there anything else I should know?

Students may not enrol in GENS0501, GENS4625, MSCI2001, or GENB5001 concurrently with this course.

I took this course some time ago and need proof of what was covered.

2016 Course Outline

2015 Course Outline


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