Module Catalogue 2014/15

BIO2026 : Marine Vertebrates

  • Offered for Year: 2014/15
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Richard Bevan
  • Owning School:
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

To provide understanding of the evolution, physiology and adaptations of vertebrates to life in the marine environment. To address important aspects of teleost, elasmobranch and marine mammal biology and ecology, including distribution, abundance, adaptations, population structure, behaviour and communication.

Outline Of Syllabus

13 x 1 hour lectures based on the following topics:
1.       Bony Fish Locomotion, Physiology and Senses
2.       Cartilage Fish Locomotion, Physiology and Senses
3.       Fish Reproductive Strategies
4.       Marine Mammal Locomotion, Physiology and Senses
5.       Marine Mammal Reproductive Strategies
6.       Marine Mammal Diving Behaviour and Physiology
7.       Marine Mammal Foraging Behaviour and Ecology
8.       Marine Mammal Pathology
9.       Marine Mammal Population Structure and Migration
10.       Marine Mammal Communication
11.       Marine Mammal Social Structure and Behaviour
12.       Case Study: Harbour Porpoise in the North Sea
13.       Case Study: Dolphin and Whale Conservation in Zanzibar

1 x 3 hour practical on dissection of marine mammals

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completing this module, students will be able to describe the evolution, physiology and adaptations of vertebrates to life in the marine environment. Students should be able to account for the diversity, anatomy, physiology and locomotion of fishes (teleosts and elasmobanchs). Students should also be able to describe general marine mammal (cetacean, pinniped, sirenian, ursid and mustelid) and sea bird biology and ecology, including more detailed knowledge in cetacean distribution, abundance, population structure, behaviour and communication. Students should have understanding of the diving physiology of marine mammals and sea birds. Finally, students should be able to describe the anatomy and pathology of marine mammals.

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to identify groups of marine vertebrates from morphological characters and have comprehensive understanding of marine vertebrate taxonomy. Students should be able to dissect a bony fish and an elasmobranch, be able to describe their anatomy and how they regulate their buoyancy. Students should also be able to describe the anatomy and basic pathology of marine mammals when presented to a dissected carcass. Students should have the basic skills in methods to age individual fishes, pinnipeds and toothed whales. Students should have the skills to describe the foraging ecology and diving physiology of marine mammals and sea birds.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Numeracy : Assessed
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Assessed
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Interpersonal : Present
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture1010:00100:00N/A
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

N/A

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A70N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
MST2102Physiology, Reproduction and Adaptation of Marine Animals2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M15Coursework (related to practicals). Maximum 1500 words
Practical/lab report2M15Coursework (related to practicals). Maximum 1500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and the laboratory practical provide the necessary knowledge and skills from the module. A combination of an exam and hand-in laboratory report is regarded as most appropriate form of assessment of the learning outcome for this particular module.wqq

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

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