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S.T.E.P - Syllabus Topic Elaborations and Powerpoints 

The QCAA 2019 Marine Science Syllabus has 4 units called Oceanography, Marine biology, Marine systems – connections & change and Ocean issues & Resource management.   

  • Each syllabus unit has two topics. 
  • Each topic has a set of un-numbered headings that contain assessable subject matter statements.
  • In all, there are 160 un-numbered assessable subject matter statements.

Project design

The Wet Paper S.T.E.P. project has taken these 160 un-numbered assessable subject matter statements and summarised them into 2-4 word statements so that 160 power points can be named and created.

This will take one person from Wet Paper about four years to do.  See the S.T.E.P. Sections and topics from the QCAA syllabus file at the end of this article.

To create these 160 power points, text and illustrations are being taken from the Marine Science for Australian Students 3rd Edition and supplemented by updated intellectual property identified by the copyright of the commons resulting in 160 unformatted text files.

So EACH S.T.E.P. topic will have a POWER POINT file and a corresponding unformatted TEXT file.

The project design also allows new subject matter statements to be added and old ones deleted as the syllabus changes subject matter statements are refined.   The files allow feedback from teachers so Wet Paper can update the files as better videos and activities are located.

Underlying premise 

The project design is based on the premise that teachers like to design their OWN units from a range of resources they LIKE. The design also is based on the premise that students want to know what content will be examined so they can study for the external exams planned.

Project aims

The aim of the STEP TEXT files is to provide information that teachers can copy and paste, under a licence, to create their OWN school units that follow exactly the syllabus subject matter statements.

The aim of the STEP POWER POINT files is to explain the QCAA assessable subject matter statements to students.

  • TEXT files contain a lesson introduction with U tube links, rationale, content, activities and exam revision questions as a text document - see T001 TEXT file at the end of this article.
  • POWER POINTS are constructed from the text files with a mixture of Wet Paper photographs and illustrations from the past 30 years as well as using photographs and illustrations from wiki copyright of the commons - see T001 POWER POINT file at the end of this article. 

Prices and school licence

Prices and school licence will be designed to suit your school budget and available in June 2018.

Distribution of files and power points is have yet to be sorted but please have a look at the samples at the end of this article and the project sheet and register your interst to Bob. 


Section 1 Oceanography

Note:  The project design has taken the QCAA un-numbered headings and called them sections SECTIONS.   The units below match the  QCAA syllabus headings, but we have numbered them; and; the un-numbered 160 syllabus subject matter statements have become numbered S.T.E.P. TOPICS.

Unit 01: Oceanography (see draft example at end of this article)
3 topics - bathymetric features, marine geology models, biogeochemical cycles

Unit 02: Ocean currents
6 topics - current driving forces, heat nutrient distribution, properties of seawater cline definitions, thermocline influences, thermohaline effects

Unit 03: Ocean conservation
2 topics - limits of ocean knowledge, exclusive economic zone

Unit 04: Coastlines
9 topics - Shaping coastlines, tidal movements, sand movement, wave definitions, material movements, coastal erosion, weather patterns, wave formation, wave properties

Unit 05: Coastal impacts
5 topics - Coastal impacts, coastal engineering, longitudinal studies, how organisms populate areas, population density data, coastal pollution

Unit 06 Coastal conservation and monitoring impacts
11 topics - Stakeholder education, pollution sources, monitoring water pollution, biochemical oxygen demand, BOD use in pollution, eutrophication, pollution practices, measuring pollution levels, bio-indicator examples, water quality testing

Section 2 Marine Biology

Unit 07: Biodiversity
8 topics - three diversity types, biodiversity characteristics, ecosystem varieties, ecosystem connectivity implications, diversity loss factors, simpson’s diversity index, apply biodiversity data, important ecosystem definitions

Unit 08: Biotic components of marine ecosystems
6 topics - identify biotic components, categorise biotic interactions, classify trophic levels, describe matter cycling, recall population terms, assess population data

Unit 09: Abiotic components of the marine ecosystem
6 topics - abiotic limiting factors, distinguish abiotic components, important limiting factors, assess tolerance limit data, apply zonation concepts, population dynamic investigation

Unit 10: Adaptations and classification
3 topics - categorise animal groups, classify adaptations, describe adaptions role

Unit 11: Marine conservation
6 topics - species habitat preservation, marine ecosystem values, stakeholder roles, stakeholder value systems, marine ecosystem issues, ecosystem health terms

Unit 12 Resources and sustainable use
4 topics - precautionary principles, MPA designs, MPA planning, MPA evaluation

Section 3 Marine systems

Unit 13: Coral reef distribution
6 topics - identify reefs globally, coral geographic distribution, coral geologic appearance, GBR geology shaping, difference reef structures, recognise reef zonation

Unit 14: Coral reef development
10 topics - three coral groups, classify to genus, coral anatomy, coral limestone skeleton, how corals feed, coral symbiosis, coral life cycle, laval dispersion, how corals grow, assess reef data

Unit 15: Reef, habitats and connectivity
13 topics - corals as engineers, reef rugosity, explain connectivity, fish life cycles, fish reef benefits, ecological tipping points, reef hysteresis, assess reef diversity, analyse reef diversity, interpret reef changes, water quality on reefs, water quality overall effects, conduct connectivity experiments

Unit 16: Anthropogenic change
10 topics - determine reef futures, global anthropogenic factors, specific reef pressures, holocene no bleaching, shelford’s law bleaching, GBR thermal data, after bleaching effects, bleaching recovery conditions, compare regional bleaching, coral core data

Unit 17: Ocean equilibria
7 topics - pH and carbonates, geology and carbonates, C02 and ph, C02 and oceans, ocean acidification, carbonate compensation depth, oceans C02 capacity

Unit 18 Implications for marine systems
6 topics - carbonates and shells, carbonate systems data, ocean acidification experiments, ocean acidification consequences, acidification and resilience, altered pH practical

Section 4 Ocean management

Unit 19 Management and conservation
5 topics - use conservation arguments, explain MPA design criteria, marine ecosystem health, evaluate MPA success, compare management roles

Unit 20 Future scenarios
5 topics - evaluate marine systems, historical geological data, ocean acidification consequences, climate driving factors, global temperature impacts

Unit 21 Fisheries and population dynamics
15 topics -define fishery types, wild catch significance, world fisheries declines, fish population distribution, assess rugosity data, assess bioaccumulation effects, thermal regime effects, compare fish populations, use lincoln index, assess fish pop data, recognise international agreements, appraise sustainable yields, fisheries management shifts, MPAs and sustainability, apply lincoln index

Unit 22 Australia’s fisheries management
8 topics - identify AFZ, infer fisheries status, identify seafood export, assess seafood inputs, recall fisheries values, total allowable catch, spatial fish management, fish precautionary principles

Unit 23 Aquaculture
6 topics - world aquaculture state, analyse ABARES reports, identify marketing attributes, predict carrying capacity, contrast aquaculture systems, understand aquaculture issues

Additional Documents

T001 Bathymetric features as Power Point

T001 Bathymetric features text file

S.T.E.P. Sections and topics from the QCAA syllabus