This unit builds on units Biology 1 and Biology 2 and provides an overview to the ecology and management of freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems in southern Australia. The material covered includes: ecology of upland and lowland-floodplain rivers (including impact of flow regulation and environmental water allocations); ecology of lakes and reservoirs (including algal bloom control and impacts of recreation); wetland ecology and management (including international conventions on waterbirds); seagrass, mangrove and saltmarsh ecology and management; significance of rocky shore habitats in southern Australia; estuarine ecology (with particular emphasis on Port Phillip Bay and Victorian Lakes) and environmental degradation and repair of aquatic systems.
RBF1310 - Biology 1
RBF1320 - Biology 2
RBF2640 - Australian Animals
|1.||Distinguish and evaluate marine and freshwater environments found in southern Australia in contrast to that found in other parts of Australia;|
|2.||Adapt skills in biological techniques utilised in marine and freshwater ecology to solve complex problems in the area;|
|3.||Assess forms of environmental degradation that occur in marine and freshwater environments and provide creative strategies to mitigate them;|
|4.||Differentiate amongst different management strategies applied in marine and freshwater ecology and critique their effectiveness in application in wide ranging context; and|
|5.||Articulate clearly, diagrammatically and in writing, complex information on a range of ecologically important concepts in relation to marine and freshwater ecosystems.|
|Literature Review||Literature review and research proposal||20%|
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