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196.327 Marine Mammalogy (15 credits)

This course examines the zoogeography of marine mammals and the morphological, physiological and behavioural adaptations which have enabled this diverse group to successfully colonise all of the world’s oceans and some freshwater systems. An understanding of the underlying ecological principles not only provides interesting insights into marine mammal biology but also yields consequences for marine mammal conservation and management.

Details Details

  • Year: 2020
  • Mode: Internal
  • Semester: Semester One full semester
  • Location: Auckland Campus
  • Coordinator: Dr Katharina Peters
  • Subject: Marine Ecology
  • College: College of Sciences

Online component Details

  • Online component: Course Guide and Administration - Access to an online learning environment is required so students can access the Course Guide, expected learning outcomes and assessment tasks. The online learning environment may also be required to access supplementary study resources and for the electronic submission of assignments. Core study resources will be supplied directly to students. Learn more about Stream, our online learning environment.

Requirements Requirements help


  • Start Date: Monday 24 February, 2020
  • End date: Sunday 28 June, 2020

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Friday 6 March, 2020
  • Without academic penalty: Wednesday 27 May, 2020


Course fees for 2020

  • Domestic Students: NZD $862.50 *
  • International Students NZD $4,097.50 *

* This fee information is for estimation purposes only and includes New Zealand Goods and Services Tax. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. The estimate does not include non-tuition fees. To view an estimate showing both tuition and non-tuition fees use the Fees Calculator. These fees only apply to 2020 enrolments. Domestic students may be eligible for free fees in their first year.

Learning outcomes Details

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Discuss marine mammal biology via explanation of global diversity, distribution and abundance.
  2. Compare and contrast the anatomy, life history and diet within and between the various marine mammal groups and draw conclusions on what implications this has for the distinct groups.
  3. Quantify behaviour using activity budgets and examine the role of key behavioural strategies (e.g. foraging strategies) in various marine mammal taxa.
  4. Provide an overview of the study of marine mammals by demonstrating the breadth of disciplines it embraces and range of techniques required in its study.
  5. Explore human-marine mammal interactions via critical evaluation of current conservation and management issues and discuss how sound science can contribute to alleviate existing and future conflicts.

Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

Learning experience

This course has compulsory field work during the mid semester break.

Assessments Details

During this course, the following assessments will contribute to your final mark.

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
1 Written Assignment 1,2 15.0%
2 Written Assignment 3,4,5 20.0%
3 Oral/Performance/Presentation 1,2,3,4 15.0%
4 Exam (centrally scheduled) 1,2,3,4,5 50.0%

Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

* Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Course.

Completion requirements

To pass course must achieve min 40% in the final exam and a min aggregate of 50% in all assessment.


It is recommended that textbooks are purchased no sooner than 7 weeks prior to the semester start date as textbooks can be subject to change.

  • There are no set texts for this course.

Campus Books stock textbooks and legislation. Current second-hand textbooks are also bought and sold. For more information visit Campus Books

Class timetable

The class timetable displays all available class times for this offering. Once you have enrolled in a course, you can access the student portal and select which of these class times you wish to attend.

Requirement(s): Each student should take 2 hour(s) of Lecture(s) and 1 hour(s) of Tutorial(s) per week.

Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the way courses are taught. During Semester 2, 2020 students will have a blended learning experience, with increased online learning opportunities, alongside some face-to-face teaching for internal students.

Class timetables for our courses may also change. An updated class timetable will be available on 1 July 2020.
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Lecture (All students)
Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00
Thursday 11:00 - 12:00

Tutorial (All students)
Friday 14:00 - 15:00

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