HERON ISLAND MARINE PHYSIOLOGY FIELD COURSE
Credit points: 15
This subject covers the physiology of corals and various marine organisms and the structure and development of coral reefs. Topics focus on biomineralization, osmotic and ionic regulation, influence of temperature and climate change on physiological processes, respiratory adaptations, and sensory capacities in various marine organisms. Deep sea vent communities, physiology of bivalve molluscs, whole-body transparency, buoyancy, diving and adaptations to deep oceans are also covered. The subject is run completely (lectures and practical classes) at the Heron Island Research Station, Great Barrier Reef.
Subject Co-ordinatorGiuseppe Posterino
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG
Available as ElectiveNo
PrerequisitesBIO2POS AND (ZOO2AP OR ZOO2FE)
Quota Management StrategyMerit based quota management
Quota-conditions or rulesAssessed on academic performance in one of the two prerequisite options: ZOO2AP or ZOO2FE.
Special conditionsThe field course has an additional cost to be payed by student that covers travel, accommodation and meals.
Minimum credit point requirementN/A
Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A
Entire subject or partial subjectN/A
Total hours/days requiredN/A
Location of WBL activity (region)N/A
WBL addtional requirementsN/A
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Summer, Off Campus
Maximum enrolment size40
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGiuseppe Posterino
Field TripWeek: 49 - 0
One 8.00 days field trip per study period from week 49 to week 0 and delivered via face-to-face.
The field course runs out of session in December due to availability of the Research Station and prevailing weather conditions
|One 2-hour exam The exam (2 hours plus 15 mins. reading time) is conducted on the island along with all lectures. The exam is open book to take into account the short time associated with lecture delivery and study time. Word equivalency of 2000 words.||N/A||N/A||No||50||SILO1|
|Scientific Report (2000 words) The report will be on one of the 4 practicals conducted on the island and students will be randomly allocated one of the practicals to write up on. All students will participate in each practical whilst on the island but the report will not be due until early January (~3 weeks after returning). The report is 2000 words.||N/A||N/A||No||50||SILO1, SILO2, SILO3|