If you are a  senior high-schooler, university student or young adult that feels like a slightly more detailed introduction into marine biology, or have participated in a previous Rocky Shore Biology or Two Oceans Aquarium Volunteer course, the Marine Biobasics online course is perfect for you. This will be a more in-depth look at most of the marine animal phyla, from single-celled protists, all the way to mammals, and an overview of marine algae, seaweeds and plants. This will be based on the brand new South African high school subject Marine Sciences, launched as a pilot subject this year and entirely written and compiled by Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation staff.

Live sessions will build progressively from the simplest animals through to the most complex, thus enabling participants to build their biological knowledge and terminology in manageable steps. Participants at a senior high school or first-year university level will find this a useful bridging course to tertiary Marine Biology. Anyone keen to expand their knowledge about ocean habitats and inhabitants will gain a good grounding in the founding principles and terminology of Marine Biology, thus giving them access to more advanced publications.

The broad overview of the entire marine animal kingdom will allow participants to be able to identify almost any marine animal to, at least, the phylum and, more often, class level. This will enable aspirant animal identifiers to accurately home in on a particular animal (or plant) far more quickly, when using marine guides.

The animals studied would, of course, not survive very long without a food chain to sustain them. Almost all marine food chains start with photosynthesis, and so the course also introduces the marine photosynthesisers - phytoplankton, seaweeds and the few vascular plants found in estuaries and mangrove swamps. Although seaweeds are far more difficult to tell apart, this course will also provide the basic principles needed to narrow down their identification.

Each two-hour session, with a break in the middle, will be facilitated by teachers from the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, using presentations and short video clips. Detailed, illustrated notes and longer video clips will be available on our online platform. There will be no formal assessments or course results, but participants will be expected to do a short quiz, in their own time, after each week’s presentations. A certificate of completion will be sent to you at the end of the course.

This course is open to anyone 16 years or older.

Course details:

  • Dates: 6 July to 5 August 2020
  • Duration: Four weeks
  • Format: Zoom sessions with our teachers and content on our e-learning platform
  • Live sessions: 17h30 to 19h30 Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Cost: R1 000 per person

To register, please fill in this online form at this link.

About the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation

The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation is the registered non-profit and public benefit partner of the Two Oceans Aquarium. All donations and sponsorships that they receive are invested back into four main focus areas: ocean conservation, awareness, research and education. By signing up for this course, you are an active contributor to the future success of these programmes. Please note that the course fee is also tax-deductible.

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