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MARINE STUDIES (Marine Biology) A Course Online

Marine science is an interdisciplinary field that employs aspects of biology, chemistry, geology, and physical oceanography/atmospheric science toward the study of the ocean environment. Marine biology contributes to human society in many ways. People are totally dependent on resources from natural ecosystems. All food, water, building and other materials, and medicines come from natural ecosystems around us. Many of these resources are located directly on the ocean (food, chemicals from plants and animals for medicines and other products, oxygen and other nutrients).

This course is an excellant introduction for people wanting to work in the field of Marine Science or for those seeking to understand the range of facinating marine environments and the organisms that inhabit them. You will be introduced to a wide range of factors related to marine studies which include 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 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, snorkling, free-diving, fishing, bird-watching, kayaking, sailing and boating.

 

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Further studies continuing on from Marine science 1 would include Marine science 2, Ecotourism, Adventure tourism, ecotour guide, Marine aqua-culture and Conservation and Enviromental Management.

Contact one of our consultants for advice on the best combination of courses to achieve your goals: info@careerlinecourses.asia or phone +63 2 436 9118


Lessons

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 Lifecycle, How dangerous are sharks? Effect of sharks on tourism, etc.
  6. Fish Part B
    • (Bony Fish) Fish Anatomy/structure (identifying external & 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 & substitutes for those products.
  8. Turtles, Sea Snakes and Seabirds
    • Types of turtles & sea snakes; toxicity of sea snakes; turtle protection, penguins and other sea birds (eg 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 & other marine life.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

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.
Enrolment Information
Philippine: P13,500.00 PHP
Course Code: BEN103
Duration: 100 hours
Qualification: Certificate
Exam: Optional
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