|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
1. To introduce students to the diversity, biology and ecology of zooplanktonic organisms in the marine environment;
2. To promote knowledge and understanding of the main processess regulating distribution and abundance of these organisms;
3. To ensure students gain a good working knowledge of the range of techniques required for field sampling of zooplankton;
4. To give experience and develop competence in the identification and laboratory-based study of a range of zooplankton taxa;
5. To provide the foundation for advanced modules requiring knowledge of zooplankton (in particular MST2005).
This module is a combination of lectures and laboratory-based practical exercises, aimed at developing an appreciation of the range of taxonomic groups, life history strategies and feeding ecologies of zooplankton organisms, and highlights the important ecological role they have in marine systems ecology. It will introduce field-sampling methodologies, and laboratory skills essential for professional marine scientists.
Twelve lectures covering:
1. Introduction to module (general definitions, size classification, ecological classification, neuston, holoplankton and meroplankton, introduction to main systematic groups);
5. Zooplankton behaviour I;
6. Zooplankton behaviour II;
7. Diel vertical migration;
8. Large-scale distribution;
9. Importance of food webs;
12. Zooplankton in aquaculture.
1. Identification of temperate zooplankton;
2. Zooplankton enumeration.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||1:00||12:00||Including Tutorials|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||5:00||5:00||Assessed lab reports|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||6:00||6:00||Revision for Exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:30||1:30||Exam|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||1||1:00||1:00||Supervised revision session|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||2||3:00||6:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||10:00||10:00||Write-Up Lecture Notes|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||58:30||58:30||General Reading|
The information received through formal lectures will be integrated with experience in practical classes and supported by independent study using textbook and Web-based sources of secondary information.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||2||M||15||Identification of temperate zooplankton , Drawings submitted as report, Analyse class data in the form of a graph, 1 page of text|
|Written exercise||2||M||15||Zooplankton Enumeration exercise, Drawings submitted as 1 report, Analysis of class data in the form of a graph, 1 page of text|
The formal examination is designed to test the breadth of knowledge of important concepts related to the biology and ecology of marine zooplankton. The laboratory practical exercises are designed to develop (i) competence in relevant practical laboratory procedures (ii) ability to interpret and present data in an appropriate manner (iii) taxonomic identification expertise. The Graduate Skills Framework entries indicated as 'A' are also assessed in this way.
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