Introduction:

A significant relationship between the marine environment and humans has existed throughout history. Australia is an island nation, with Western Australia’s mainland and islands having approximately twenty-one thousand kilometres of coastline. It is therefore relevant to Western Australians to study the sea and how people interact with it. The Marine and Maritime Studies General course provides students with the opportunity to understand and explore this relationship, and the importance of developing and maintaining a sustainable future.

The Marine and Maritime Studies General course draws from a diverse range of disciplines, including science, technology and the humanities. It provides students with opportunities to engage in unique theoretical and practical learning experiences, and to equip them with a broad range of skills and knowledge.

The Marine and Maritime Studies General course provides opportunities for students to apply theoretical knowledge through practical activities with a focus on active learning experiences both within and outside of the classroom.

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Students are given the opportunity to develop responsible and competent boat-handling and navigation skills, and in doing so to demonstrate an understanding of nautical concepts. They develop knowledge of the properties inherent in seaworthy craft, and the basics of good boat design, construction and maintenance. Students will also be provided with the opportunity to develop personal water-based skills (swimming/ snorkelling/scuba) to allow them to engage directly with the marine environment.

Students investigate oceanography concepts to develop a strong understanding of the interdependence between elements of the marine environment; conduct research into the safe and sustainable management of the oceans’ resources for conservation and commercialism; and also are introduced to the world of maritime archaeology.

The course will provide students with a solid foundation of skills and knowledge suitable for a wide range of vocational or recreational pathways in boating (commercial and recreational), scuba, vessel design and construction (maritime engineering), resource management, maritime archaeology or marine science.



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Students investigate oceanography concepts to develop a strong understanding of the interdependence between elements of the marine environment, conduct research into the safe and sustainable management of the oceans’ resources for conservation and commercialism, and are also introduced to the world of maritime archaeology.
The course will provide students with a solid foundation of skills and knowledge suitable for a wide range of vocational or recreational pathways in boating (commercial and recreational), scuba, vessel design and construction (maritime engineering), resource management, and maritime archaeology or marine science.

Optional Costs:

There may be an additional optional cost associated with this unit of approximately $2000. This cost will depend on any optional excursion organised for students within this year of study.

Course Outline:

This course is organised into a Year 11 syllabus and a Year 12 syllabus.

Pre-requisite:

Students must be able to swim 100m continuously and confidently with their face in the water.

Year 11

The syllabus is divided into two units, each of one semester duration.

Unit 1

This unit explores types of Western Australian marine ecosystems, marine resources, nautical craft design features, power boating, historic sea routes and mapping of the Western Australian coastline.

Unit 2

This unit explores the cycling of matter through marine ecosystems and global ocean currents. Historical and archaeological understandings and the skills associated with power boating are further developed. Students investigate management of local Western Australian fisheries.

 

Year 12

The syllabus is divided into two units, each of one semester duration.

Unit 3

This unit investigates Western Australian marine ecosystems, with a focus on estuaries, mangroves, coral reefs and seagrass meadows. Students identify the key species and food webs for each of these ecosystems, as well as examine adaptations of organisms living in mangrove ecosystems. Environmental and resource management will focus on aquaculture as a solution to declining fish stocks.

Students gain an understanding of maritime studies, including the characteristics of construction materials, design and construction of water craft, and repair of fibreglass craft. The basic parts of the outboard motor, including features of two stroke and four stroke motors, will be studied, as well as features of small craft systems, including bilges, electrical, fuel, mooring lines and anchoring equipment.

Through a practical approach, students gain an understanding of the concepts and safe practices of power boating. Science inquiry skills will be developed through the design process in relation to construction materials used, and variations in design of water craft. Students will also be involved in practical activities to collect and analyse data related to trip planning, such as weather maps and aquaculture systems.

Unit 4

This unit examines global surface ocean currents, atmospheric circulation systems and the impact of climate change on global sea levels, thermohaline circulation and marine ecosystems. The process of coastal erosion and coastal engineering structures is studied. Students study types of marine tourism activities with a focus on the importance and impacts of ecotourism.

Students gain an understanding of maritime studies, including common forms of construction material protection, and the possible side effects of using these materials. Aspects of small craft maintenance, including the use of a maintenance log, fuel and ignition, cooling system and engine diagnostics, are studied.

Through a practical approach, students gain an understanding of the concepts and safe practices of power boating. Science inquiry skills will be developed through practical activities to collect and analyse data related to coastal erosion and coastal engineering structures, construction material protection and maintenance of small craft.