MARINE 302 : Dynamics of Marine Systems


2021 Semester Two (1215) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Fundamental processes in the marine environment with an emphasis on interdisciplinary linkages in the functioning of marine ecosystems. Topics include: the role of fluid dynamics in the lives of marine animals and in shaping the physical marine environment, and interdisciplinary studies of marine ecosystems. No formal prerequisite although an understanding of marine science to the level of MARINE 202 will be assumed.

Course Overview

This course considers five case studies that highlight and explore the multidisciplinary nature of Marine Science. They consist of light and photosynthesis; fluid dynamics and animal biology; marine ecology and management; coral reef hydrodynamics; and estuarine management.  Practical components are covered in a field trip that investigate the relationship between underwater light and the distribution and  abundance of kelp and life in moving fluids. Marine 302 is a core course for the BSc & BAdvSci(Hons) in Marine Science.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: MARINE 202 or 30 points at Stage II in BSc courses

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe how physics (light or fluid dynamics) affects biological and geological process in the sea (Capability 1)
  2. Understand and describe current management issues and the role of science in these (Capability 3 and 6)
  3. Execute , analyse and write up studies of the interaction between light spectral quality and quantity and kelp distribution and the impact of fluid dynamics on biological processes (Capability 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  4. Understand and apply how scientific methodology is used to solve problems relating to marine science (Capability 1)
  5. Develop approaches to coastal planning and management (Capability 3, 4 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Practical 1 15% Individual Coursework
Practical 2 15% Individual Coursework
Presentation 10% Group Coursework
Final Exam 60% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Practical 1
Practical 2
Final Exam

To pass the course you need to pass both the theory (exam) and practical (two field trip reports and presentation) components.

Special Requirements

Mandatory 2 day field trip to the Leigh Marine Laboratory that enables students to complete the practical coursework component of the course and  a  group presentation the work for which is covered in lectures  27-30.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 30 hours of lectures, 20 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 100 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is [required] at scheduled activities including field trips/presentation to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. 
The course will not include live online events.
Attendance on campus is required for the exam.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

A remote version of the course can be made available to students located overseas because of border restrictions, or those with an exemption to study remotely. 

Learning Resources

Course book 

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

The plagiarism-detection software Turnitin is used to check all submitted written work.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

Covid Level 1: Delivered normally as specified in delivery mode

Covid Level 2: You will not be required to attend in person. All teaching and assessment will have a remote option. The following activities will also have an on campus / in person option: lectures, class exercise, field trips.

Covid Level  3 / 4: All teaching activities and assessments are delivered remotely.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 16/12/2020 02:49 p.m.