Tropical Coastal Ecosystems

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Do you want to develop the skills and knowledge needed to help preserve tropical coastal ecosystems? These habitats provide goods and services for hundreds of millions of people but human activities have led to their global decline. TROPIC101x will introduce you to the incredible plants and animals that create these unique ecosystems. You will go on to explore the challenges these ecosystems are facing such as overfishing, coastal pollution, ocean warming and acidification, then learn about some techniques being used to tackle these problems. Lectures will be delivered by leading experts. Many of them were filmed on-site in the Great Barrier Reef, at The University of Queensland’s research station on Heron Island. The course concludes with an innovative virtual ecology project, where you will have the option to take part in a citizen science project. Join us on an exciting journey, as you develop new knowledge and skills, during this...

Do you want to develop the skills and knowledge needed to help preserve tropical coastal ecosystems? These habitats provide goods and services for hundreds of millions of people but human activities have led to their global decline. TROPIC101x will introduce you to the incredible plants and animals that create these unique ecosystems. You will go on to explore the challenges these ecosystems are facing such as overfishing, coastal pollution, ocean warming and acidification, then learn about some techniques being used to tackle these problems. Lectures will be delivered by leading experts. Many of them were filmed on-site in the Great Barrier Reef, at The University of Queensland’s research station on Heron Island. The course concludes with an innovative virtual ecology project, where you will have the option to take part in a citizen science project. Join us on an exciting journey, as you develop new knowledge and skills, during this beautiful and engaging course!

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8/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 10 months ago
I loved this course and the insight they provided. It really was such and great experience and I am so grateful for University of Queensland for offering this program. My only side note was that I wished there was more in the lecture regarding food choices as they relate to climate change. Eating meat, animal agriculture, and so forth being the main driver of climate change I thought they would have addressed this. But other than that it's been an excellent course
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Jessica McGarty

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 9 months ago
I was really enjoying the course and found it a 'bit more meaty' than some of the others offered on this platform. The instructors have taken great time and effort to put this together. My only disappointment is that somehow, today, I am suddenly not able to access the course, or any other courses. The only page I can access is this comments page! I'll keep on trying ...
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 11 months ago
I really enjoyed this course. I learned a lot of new information in a short time. I especially liked the first few weeks of the course, the life forms that make up the reef and mangrove systems, and it showed. I got perfect scores in all of them. Any points I dropped were in the latter parts of the course relating to research data & statistics.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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3 years ago
I am very impressed with this course. I have learned so much over a relatively short time which I give credit to the instructors. It is more challenging at times than some MOOC's but certainly manageable. Very fair grading system and very well organized. Highly recommended for anyone interested in ecology or conservation.
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Anushka Kale

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 1 month ago
Detailed, easy to understand, and inspiring. The comprehensive course structure ensures that even a beginner fully grasps the various concepts, and their implications in the real world. These 8 weeks will undoubtedly give you a better understanding about how experiments, surveys and studies are undertaken; and how scientists think and analyse data. The last two weeks of project work are surprisingly hands on and educative... Highly recommended to aspiring scientists and environmentalists!
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Benjamin Nash

9/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 1 month ago
This a great course that teaches the science of tropical ecosystems and how to think like a scientist. I learned a lot of useful information about how climate change and humans affect benthic ecosystems and what might be done to alleviate those effects. The lecture videos aren't perfect but the content is great, and the final project teaches you how to study an ecosystem, interpret the results, and influence change.
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Gunhild Jonsson

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 6 months ago
This is one of my all-time favourite MOOCs. It's well presented, interesting, covers a lot of ground, and just plain FUN! I learned a lot about tropical coastal ecosystems: that it's not just about the coral reefs, that the significance of the Great Barrier Reef is so much more than the tourist industry; how to recognise different organisms in a square of reef, and more. The fun bit is the lectures in the field (or the water) - you see the mangroves, the reef and the seagrasses, there are even lectures delivered underwater. I recommend this MOOC to anyone who wants to learn about these ecosystems or understand what all the fuss about the GBR is.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 1 month ago
The resource provided in this course is contemporary and useful not only for all country settings. With user friendly materials and lecture videos, this course makes give newbies in tropical coastal ecosystem a comprehensive start to understand and contemplate their idea on efficient management of the ecosystem in their hometown.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 5 months ago
As a non-professional, I thought this was a fantastic course. Great teachers and content. There were a few typos here or there, and some lecturers were more engaging than others, but on the whole I was very engaged and motivated to earn my V certificate. I learned so much about this extremely important topic. I recommend to everyone!
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5/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 5 months ago
This course is currently at it's first iteration, so it is understandable that some work needs to be done. The lectures were for the most part good (main professor was great but some of the others were hard to bear). A lot of lectures were almost powerpoint like, and once in awhile you will hear the speaker's cell go off, and they turn it off immediately. The exercises were for the most part quite easy. There were a lot of typos/sp errors throughout the text though and sometimes the questions and lecture don't match up (the answer could be in the following lecture). The content of the course is extremely important and definitely worth at least an audit. I took it for a certificate and ended up around 92% without given too much effort. I'm glad I took the course and will be looking forward to expand my knowledge in this area.
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