University of Cape Town
Large Marine Ecosystems: Assessment and Management
University of Cape Town

Large Marine Ecosystems: Assessment and Management

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Coleen Moloney

Instructor: Coleen Moloney


(287 reviews)

Intermediate level
Some related experience required
25 hours to complete
3 weeks at 8 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

What you'll learn

  • Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) and the management of human activities in an integrated fashion across political boundaries and economic sectors.

  • The concepts and tools used in the multi-sector assessment and management of Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs).

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There are 6 modules in this course

Introducing the Large Marine Ecosystem approach, ecosystem based management principles, and the five modules. There are three topics covered in this first week - ecosystem-based management, the concept of Large Marine Ecosystems, and the 5-module approach to assessment and management. As well as my lectures, there are also summaries of some key readings and links to other resources. We've included practice quizzes to help you recap and test your understanding of the key concepts as we move through the lessons. There is one graded quiz at the end of the week, which carries marks - but you may take the quiz more than once. At the end of this week, and all the other weeks, Dr Kenneth Sherman will share his insights about the topics we have covered.

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8 videos8 readings4 quizzes3 discussion prompts2 plugins

In this week, we deal with the three natural science modules within the five module approach.

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7 videos8 readings3 quizzes1 peer review1 discussion prompt2 plugins

We move onto the two human dimensions of the five module approach.

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5 videos5 readings4 quizzes1 discussion prompt1 plugin

This is the heart of the course - delving into the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) and Strategic Action Programme (SAP).

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6 videos4 readings2 quizzes1 peer review1 discussion prompt3 plugins

This week we move into the application of the approaches and the tools we have been discussing - with a description of how LME projects are implemented - focusing on marine ecosystem-based management (EBM).

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6 videos4 readings3 quizzes1 peer review1 discussion prompt1 plugin

We have included a number of case studies of LMEs, inviting marine ecosystem managers and scientists from across our network to describe their work in implementing EBM.

What's included

9 videos10 readings1 peer review1 discussion prompt4 plugins


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4.8 (125 ratings)
Coleen Moloney
University of Cape Town
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