A new marine science course has been revised after complaints it was too simplistic.
Key points:The curriculum includes two sections on how to spot marine life and how to make sure you don’t damage it in the process of researchThe new version includes information on the importance of the natural environment and how it is affected by human activitiesThe curriculum was originally introduced to the Department of Primary Industries in January 2018, but was dropped following complaints about its content and the tone of its content.
It has now been updated to make it more inclusive, with information on marine life, how to protect and restore it, and how best to conduct research.
“The curriculum is designed to help you learn how to identify marine life in the wild and how you can work with your marine friends to improve the health of our marine environment,” Dr Anne-Marie Murphy, the Department’s Director of Marine Education and Science, said in a statement.
“It’s also designed to promote the use of marine technology to help improve the lives of marine life.”
The revised Marine Science Course is being rolled out in the first few weeks of 2019.
“We’re pleased that the course has undergone a major overhaul, with a new content section focusing on how the natural world works,” Dr Murphy said.
“This new section also includes information about the importance and value of the marine environment and its effects on marine biology, marine life research and conservation.”
Ms Murphy said she hoped the changes would bring a positive change to the marine education curriculum.
“As an organisation, we want to make our students understand the importance, value and impact of the environment,” she said.