Marine Botany

Subject BOTA30001 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 18 x one hour lectures, 9 x three hour practicals (in laboratory), 4 x three hour practicals (in field)
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 80 hours


25 points of first year level biology subjects plus 50 points of second year level biological sciences subjects or equivalent.



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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering applications for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005) and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, this subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in practical work, laboratory work and fieldwork activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the Subject Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


School of Botany

Subject Overview:

(An enrolment quota of 40 students applies to this subject)

This subject will introduce students to the biology of seaweeds, seagrasses and protists (phytoplankton) from marine and estuarine habitats. 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
  • toxic marine phytoplankton

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

Two 20-minute laboratory progress tests, after Laboratory Practicals 5 and 9 (20%); preparation of 6 to 10 herbarium specimens (10%); a 2-hour end of subject laboratory examination (30%); a 2-hour end of subject written examination (40%).

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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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

This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Botany
Botany (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)
Marine Biology
Plant Science
Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Core selective subjects for B-BMED.

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