Module Catalogue 2021/22

MST8011 : Understanding Marine Ecosystems

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Pip Moore
  • Lecturer: Dr Miguel Morales Maqueda, Dr William Reid, Professor John Bythell
  • Teaching Assistant: Dr James Guest
  • Other Staff: Mrs Julia Robinson
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

None

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

None

Aims

An advanced understanding of the major biological, ecological and physical processes affecting critical evaluation of human impacts on productive marine ecosystems.

A rare mix of ecology and oceanography with case studies and principles of ecosystem functioning and management. The module provides a unique background to the scientific understanding and management issues surrounding the most human-impacted areas of the planet.

Outline Of Syllabus

Seminars: module introduction, introduction to projects (PM). Scientific process, advocacy and approaches to gathering evidence, (PM). Drivers of heterogeneity in primary production in the oceans (MM) Effects of ocean physics on particular systems (MM)Population and community ecology, (PM). Alternate states, role of biodiversity in ecosystem resistance and resilience (PM) Climate change and environmental impacts on temperate reefs (PM), . Concepts of ecosystem management and ecosystem services (PM). Climate change and environmental impacts on tropical reefs (JB) Ecosystem restoration: concepts; strengths and pitfalls (JG) Deep sea ecosystems (WR)Social-ecological systems and interdisciplinary marine environmental science (ANOther)). Introduction to project, scoping projects, identification of research topics, progressing projects, oral presentation, writing a paper (PM).

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

IKO1: An appreciation of what the coastal zone is, what systems constitute it, what the principal environmental issues affecting it are, and what ‘coastal management’ is.
IKO2: Understanding of the principal natural and anthropogenic processes maintaining and altering structure and function of coastal systems, and constraining the scope for management.
IKO3: Key concepts in ecosystem, management and conservation science.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will develop the following subject specific and intellectual skills:

ISO1: Sourcing and synthesising multi-sourced information.
ISO2: Reporting information in both oral and written forms, to address issues in Coastal Zone Management.
ISO3: Peer assessment of oral reports.
ISO4: Examination of issues across disciplines, role play and team work.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Planning exercise for presentations
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion175:0075:00Review paper prepartion
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities21:002:00Working through canvas materials to guide students through literature searches
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00Literature searching, project scoping and guided reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching173:0051:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Presentation skills and scenario building
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time41:004:00Online drop in sessions to support review paper preparation
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Seminars will provide a range of information and access to further information sources on physical, biological and socially-relevant processes in the coastal zone. Seminars and tutorials will best allow students to reflect on environmental issues facing coastal populations, their problems, causes and potential solutions and the aspects that they wish to focus on for their projects (IKO1-3). Skills in literature research and communication will be built by a scientific literature review (ISO1-4), for which students will each select their own topic.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper1M70Max 2500 words excluding figures, tables, references and appendices
Prof skill assessmnt1M3015 minute team presentation (role play)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Research paper1MFormative feedback on individual research papers is available
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative feedback will be given to students on development of project ideas and objectives. Criticism and summative assessment of the project paper will test each student's ability to: present a well-structured scientific report with good English usage, citation, referencing, and word processing, and appropriate illustration/tables; review of topic with fidelity, clarity of understanding and adequate scientific literature coverage; and show clarity and innovation of scientific argument. Electronic document submission will allow for originality assessment to be made.
Students' ability to work in teams to prepare and present a marine spatial plan, negotiate and learn lessons from competing interests will be assessed by the role play exercises that are summatively assessed.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

Reassessment will include a revised project paper.

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2021/22 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2022/23 entry will be published here in early-April 2022. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.