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Marine Studies A (Introduction) Online Course

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This Marine Studies A online course is an excellent introduction for those who wish to work in the field of Marine Science or for those seeking to understand the range of fascinating marine environments and the organisms that inhabit them. You will be introduced to a wide range of factors related to marine studies that includes marine ecology systems, reef formation and function, marine organisms such as fish, cephalopods and marine mammals, marine ecosystems and how human activity impacts all of these.

This Marine Studies A online course can also be used as a base for marine tourism career-paths and boosts the rewards of advanced recreational activities such as scuba-diving, snorkeling, free-diving, fishing, bird-watching, kayaking, sailing and boating.

Students learn about a range of marine biology topics including marine ecosystems, bony fish, shellfish and crustaceans, marine mammals and more.

Course Aims:

  • Identify characteristics of various marine environments.
  • Discuss the first basic groups of marine animal life.
  • Identify characteristics of various marine environments.
  • Describe the range of molluscs and crustaceans in the marine environment and their lifecycles.
  • Describe the biology and ecological significance of Cephalopods and Clupeoids in the marine environment.
  • Describe a range of cartilaginous fish (sharks, rays) and selected bony fish (eels) that inhabit the ocean.
  • Describe selected species and the diversity of marine fish that exists in the world’s oceans.
  • Describe a range of marine mammals
  • Discuss the presence of marine mammals in the seas and oceans of the world.
  • Describe a range of reptiles and birds that co-habitat with fish in the marine environment.
  • Explain the impact of humans upon marine environments and of selected aspects of commercial fishing.

Detailed Course Outline

There are 9 Lessons in this course:

1. Marine Ecology Systems

    • Ecology
    • Marine Weather (including El Nino, Thermocline, Gulf streams, etc.)
    • Continental shelf
    • Nutrient cycle
    • Red tide
    • Plankton
    • Marine Plants (including Mangroves, Shallow & Deep water algae, etc.)

2. Shallow Waters & Reefs

    • Coral Reefs
    • Rocky Shorelines
    • Estuaries
    • Introduction to marine arthropods.

3. Shellfish & Crustaceans

    • Molluscs and Brachiopods
    • True Crabs
    • Hermit Crabs
    • Lobsters
    • Prawns etc

4. Squid, Octopus, and Other Primitive Animals

    • Cephalopods and Clupeoids, etc.

5. Fish Part A

    • (Cartilaginous Fish) Sharks
    • Eels
    • Rays
    • Shark Life cycle
    • How dangerous are sharks?
    • Effect of sharks on tourism, etc.

6. Fish Part B

    • (Bony Fish) Fish Anatomy/structure (identifying external and internal parts)
    • Legalities (protection of wildlife)
    • Types of fish, etc.

7. Marine Mammals

    • (Dolphins, Whales, etc.)
    • Types of marine mammals
    • Protection and politics
    • Position of these animals in the food chain
    • Products derived from marine mammals and substitutes for those products

8. Turtles, Sea Snakes and Seabirds

    • Types of turtles and sea snakes
    • Toxicity of sea snakes
    • Turtle protection
    • Penguins and other sea birds (e.g. stints, knots, pelicans, swans, gulls, eagles, ibis, egrets, terns, shearwaters, gannets, albatross, prions, oyster-catchers and petrels)

9. Human Impact on Marine Environments & Fishing

    • Human impact on marine environments
    • Commercial vs recreational fishing
    • Significance of certain mesopelagic fish
    • Techniques for managing stocks of fish and other marine life

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First and foremost our courses are 100% online courses BUT they are still very practical!  You will learn many practical skills, do some research, field trips and much more.  

All learning is best done by doing, so our online courses are designed to give you the foundation knowledge you need and to get you out there and doing whatever it is that you love.  

This sets our students up for success. 

    • 100% Online
    • Practical 
    • Certificate issued on completion
    • 1-on-1 tutor support
    • Flexible payment options
    • Self paced study

Getting where you want to go with your studies and/or career, involves much more than just reading or watching a video.  Knowing how to learn, how to research and find out new information, how to judge if the source of information is any good and how to find out what is happening in your industry and creating a network are vitally important!  Our courses will help you do all that.

We have mini self assessment tests so that you can be the judge of how well you understand the material and then a set task where you will undertake some form of practical exercise.  But best of all is the one-on-one expert tutor feedback you get with each task you submit.  

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