Enquiry for Major/Minor/Programme Requirements

Minor Title Minor in Marine Biology
Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in 2017-2018
Objectives:

The field of marine biology has become increasingly popular as interest in and awareness of our marine environment grows. Hong Kong already has strong cultural and historical links with the sea as well as a strong economic and societal interest in natural marine resources. This Minor aims to introduce students to the field of marine biology from species, habitat and ecosystem levels, ranging from the deep ocean to intertidal environments, and from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Material will be global and include organisms and their physical, behavioral and physiological adaptations to the marine environment, as well as techniques for marine study, Major marine issues will be covered including benefits derived from the marine environment and possible implications of climate change for marine systems. Particularly relevant examples from Hong Kong and the Southeast Asia region will be highlighted. This minor will provide students from diverse backgrounds (e.g.business, engineering and social science) an excellent opportunity to enter into a career or research in marine environment-related fields such as coastal ecosystem management, fisheries, marine environmental protection, marine resource management, etc.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this programme, students should be able to:
PLO 1 :

appreciate the requirements and constraints to life in different marine environments (by means of coursework, labtoratory-based, and tutorial classes and project-based learning in the curriculum)

PLO 2 :

gain a comprehensive foundation for pursuing marine-orientated studies (by means of coursework, labtoratory-based, and tutorial classes and project-based learning in the curriculum)

PLO 3 :

have a general insight into an ecosystem that covers two-thirds of the planet and supports the only remaining natural resource harvested on a large scale (by means of coursework, labtoratory-based, and tutorial classes and project-based learning in the curriculum)

PLO 4 :

understand the major marine issues both locally and globally (by means of coursework, labtoratory-based, and tutorial classes and project-based learning in the curriculum)

PLO 5 :

appreciate the possible implications of climate change on marine systems (by means of coursework, labtoratory-based, and tutorial class and project-based learning in the curriculum)

Impermissible Combination:

NIL

Required courses (36 credits)
1. Introductory level courses (12 credits)
Disciplinary Electives (12 credits)
At least 12 credits selected from the following courses:
BIOL1309 Evolutionary diversity (6)
ENVS1301 Environmental life science (6)
BIOL2306 Ecology and evolution (6)
2. Advanced level courses (24 credits)
Disciplinary Core Courses (12 credits)
BIOL3301 Marine biology (6)
ENVS3313 Environmental oceanography (6)
Disciplinary Electives (12 credits)
At least 12 credits selected from the following courses:
BIOL3303 Conservation biology (6)
BIOL3305 Tropical and temperate marine ecology field course (6)
BIOL3318 Experimental intertidal ecology (6)
BIOL3322 Marine invertebrate zoology (6)
BIOL3328 Nearshore marine and estuarine ecology (6)
BIOL4301 Fish and fisheries (6)
 
Notes:

1. Double counting of credits is not permissible for major-minor or double-minors combinations. For a course appears as a core course ("disciplinary core") in the major-minor or double-minors, students have to make up the credits by taking replacement course in the minor. For details, please refer to "Students taking double Majors, Major-Minor or double Minors with overlapping course requirements" in the BSc syllabuses.

Remarks:

Important! Ultimate responsibility rests with students to ensure that the required pre-requisites and co-requisite of selected courses are fulfilled. Students must take and pass all required courses in the selected primary science major in order to satisfy the degree graduation requirements.



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