MARINE 705 : Ocean Management and Planning


2021 Semester Two (1215) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Approaches to management and conservation of global oceans are changing rapidly to address increasingly complex social, economic and environmental issues. Reviews current ocean governance, policy, planning and management approaches, modern ocean management and planning tools using examples from recent international ocean conservation projects.

Course Overview

MARINE 705 provides students with knowledge and skills in both theoretical and practical aspects of planning and management of ocean domain.   Of particular focus are Large Scale Marine Protected Areas (LSMPAs). LSMPAs are increasingly being established all over the world, especially here in the Pacific Islands region, where, in the last two decades, > 4 million km2 have been declared as protected. Students will become proficient at assessing and developing ocean policy, management plans and planning, and creating strategies toward the conservation and management of ocean ecosystems which benefit the well-being of the environment and the people who depend on it.  

MARINE 705 is structured in 4 teaching modules delivered over an intensive 5-days period (pre-course reading, contact teaching and individual and group assessments):
1. International and Regional Ocean Governance, Policy, Planning and Management including UNCLOS, SDG 14, Framework for a Pacific Oceanscape, Regional Fisheries Roadmap and Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Policy.
2. National Ocean Domain management (Territorial Sea, Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and Seabed) utilizing national examples (Cook Islands, Palau, New Caledonia) and discussing New Zealand situation.
3. Advanced knowledge on modern ocean management tools, and Management Plan writing tutorial.
4. Workshop on one of ocean planning tools, Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation.

Marine 705 is run as a one week block course and will include presentations from professionals working in the field of ocean management. Assessment is based on coursework and there is no final examination.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Be able to explain and critique current planning approaches for the management and conservation of ocean domain (Capability 1 and 2)
  2. Be able to identify and explain failures and successes of current and/or future national, regional and international ocean management approaches (Capability 2, 4 and 6)
  3. Be able to use modern and innovative conservation tools in order to develop and explain ocean management strategies (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
  4. Develop a Management Plan for marine protected areas (Capability 1 and 5)
  5. Describe and explain global ocean governance and frameworks (Capability 1 and 4)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Essay 35% Individual Coursework
Presentation 15% Group Coursework
Reports 35% Individual Coursework
Presentation 15% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5

Special Requirements

Must be present during block course.

Workload Expectations

This is a 15 points course that is run as a block course over one week (40 hrs).

For this course, you can expect 20 hours contact teaching (during block course) and 10 hours of tutorials (post-course), 50 hours of reading and thinking about the content, and 70 hours of work on assignments 

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at the block course.
The lectures will not be available as recordings as this is a block course.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a block delivery.

Learning Resources

No course book required, however, pre-course reading materials will be available in CANVAS

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
Level 2: You will not be required to attend in person. All teaching activities and assessments will have on-campus and remote options
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 21/06/2021 02:26 p.m.