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Module

MST1202 : Diversity of Marine Animals

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Benjamin Wigham
  • Lecturer: Dr Sara Marsham, Professor Per Berggren, Dr William Reid, Professor Pip Moore
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To provide an introduction to the conventions of taxonomic nomenclature and systematics. To enable students to gain knowledge of the functional diversity of the both the larval and adult stages of major invertebrate and vertebrate taxonomic groupings in the marine environment. To relate knowledge of organismal characteristics to the internal anatomy of key marine organisms. To provide an understanding of the adaptation of marine fish, birds and reptiles in the marine environment and their special importance in relation to human activities. To provide an appreciation and understanding of the key physiological processes that influence the distribution and success of different marine phyla.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to Classification, biodiversity and taxonomy. Outlining the factors which control biodiversity, and the ways in which organisms are grouped taxonomically.

Biology of Marine Invertebrates. An introduction to the taxonomy, physiology, and behaviour of key marine invertebrate phyla.

Biology of Marine Vertebrates. An introduction to the taxonomy, physiology, and behaviour of key marine vertebrate phyla.

Marine Physiological Processes. An indication to the key physiological processes relevant to the marine environment, including respiration, circulation and blood chemistry, feeding, excretion and osmoregulation..

Revision Session. Dedicated revision session aimed at preparing students for the exam.

An alternative assessment will be set for any Semester 1 Study Abroad student taking this module, who will not be in Newcastle during the January assessment period.

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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials301:0030:00Online via Canvas - A combination of short recordings of lecture material and text published on VLE
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Completion of summative 2 coursework assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion300:3015:00Completion of formative and summative 1 coursework assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion114:0014:00Revision of course material for summative assessment 2
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading302:0060:00Lecture follow up: wider reading
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities301:0030:00Online via Canvas - A combination of short recordings of lecture material and text published on VLE
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study301:0030:00Lecture follow up: ReCap and supplementary material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk61:006:00Topic driven discussion and consolidation of asynchronous content
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are designed to give students a broad factual knowledge of key marine invertebrate phyla and vertebrate groups. The lectures will focus on the classification, key characteristics, anatomy, biology and ecology and how organisms are adapted to surviving in a particular habitat. They will also cover the evolution of development of different physiological processes in response to genetic and environmental influences and how marine animals adapt their physiology to maximise their survival in marine environments.

End-of -theme synchronous module talk will allow for consolidation of topic-focussed material during online discussion with teaching staff.

Directed research, through the use of supplementary online material and activities, and wider reading of the scientific literature will support the information received through asynchronous lectures. Independent study will be guided through the use of these materials and online access to key texts/eBooks. Students will be encouraged to become more independent in their learning at this stage in their programmes to develop key skills such as Active Learning, Goal Setting and Action Planning, Decision Making, and Initiative, which they will require at Levels 5 and 6.

Assessment preparation and completion will allow students to fully prepare for both their formative and summative coursework assessments. They will have the opportunity to consolidate and build upon knowledge gained in the asynchronous and synchronous sessions.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.

Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

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
Written exercise1M301000 word (or equivalent) summative coursework 1
Computer assessment1M30Summative coursework 2 Part 1 - online MCQ
Essay1M40Summative coursework 2 Part 2 - 1500 word essay
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1M1000 word (or equivalent) formative coursework 1
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The two 1000 word (or equivalent) summative courseworks will assess student’s knowledge of how marine organisms utilise different behaviours and physiological adaptations to maximise survival in the marine environment. In addition student’s use of the relevant literature to support their ideas and their ability to present information in an appropriate scientific format will be examined.
     
The written examination will assess the level of knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the module, including student reading.

Reading Lists

Timetable