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Module

MST2205 : Marine Practical Skills II

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Guenther Uher
  • Lecturer: Dr Benjamin Wigham, Professor Per Berggren, Dr Sara Marsham, Professor Tony Clare, Professor Pip Moore, Dr Gary Caldwell, Dr Miguel Morales Maqueda, Dr William Reid, Dr Jane Delany
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To build on the fundamental laboratory, boat work and research skills introduced at Level 4 in MST1205 Marine Practical Skills I. To equip students with the necessary practical skills and confidence in preparation for their Level 6 Research Project. To promote team work, decision making, project management and leadership skills. To provide training in good laboratory practice and health and safety, including completion of risk assessments and COSHH forms.

This module will equip students with the practical skills necessary to become practicing professional marine scientists. The philosophy of this module is to train students to design and analyse experiments to answer specific hypotheses with an appropriate level of supervision. Emphasis will be placed on acquisition of numerical skills, risk assessment, teamwork and working to tight deadlines.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will build upon the scientific research skills developed in MST1205 and MST2204 and introduce students to more advanced techniques to prepare them for their final year Research Project. The module will use a series of lectures, briefings practicals and research vessel sessions to deliver material in a cohesive way. Students will undertake laboratory and field work sessions complemented by lectures, tutorials, workshops, and computer classes.

All students will:

* experience a residential field course which will provide intensive training in
taxonomic invertebrate and algal identification, ecological survey techniques,
coastal oceanography and group work.

* experience practical work associated with the research vessel to practice biological
and oceanographic survey methods, and subsequent data analyses

* experience field surveys to designed to (i) study diversity and ecology of contrasting
habitats, such as rocky shore and intertidal mudflat environments, and (ii) study the diversity
and behaviour of marine vertebrates.

* practice laboratory techniques, experimental design, data reporting and analysis in a series
of laboratory practicals including themes such as anatomy, physiology, feeding interactions
and toxicology.

* experience interactive computer-based workshops on marine data analysis and the modelling
of population dynamics and environmental feedbacks

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 completion214:1528:30Reading and preparation for summative assessments
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion32:006:00Completing formative practical assessments
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Completing formative field report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion210:0020:00Completing two summative practical assessments
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials51:005:00Online via Canvas - Information on practicals. Four in Semester 1 and one in Semester 2
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00PiP lab practical - toxicology. Semester 2
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical18:008:00PiP boat practical. Semester 2
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical32:006:00PiP PC practicals - Daisyworld in Semester 1
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities13:003:00Online - Boat practical - combination of short recordings of material and short online tasks. Sem 1
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities23:006:00Online - a combination of short recordings of material and short online tasks. Semester 1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:303:30PiP lab practical - cetacean dissection. Semester 2
Guided Independent StudySkills practice80:304:00Preparing for practical sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00PiP subtidal survey workshop. Semester 1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork170:0070:00PiP Millport field course. Semester 2
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork28:0016:00PiP - Rocky shore from Dove Marine Lab and Farne Islands field visit. Semester 2
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork14:004:00PiP - Sediment Shore from the Dove Marine Lab. Semester 1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00Practical follow up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk22:004:00Online - Semester 1 sediment shore practical briefing. Semester 2 rocky shore practical briefing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk31:003:00Online - Semester 1 module introduction and practical briefings
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures, module talks, practicals, academic skills activities, field work, workshops and drop-in sessions are designed to introduce the students to the theory behind the experimental protocol, discuss and analyse the data collected during the experiments and the techniques and skills used. Sessions linked to the research vessel will give students experience of conducting scientific data collection in a marine setting.

These sessions will provide students with a solid foundation and understanding of:

• Practical and field methods in field marine biology, zoology and oceanography

• Proposing, testing and challenging hypotheses

• Data handling and processing

• Concepts in marine community dynamics

• Oceanographic survey methods

The residential field course will extend students experience and knowledge of field based survey methodology and provide the opportunity for fundamental scientific skills to be developed.

Directed research and reading will support the information received through formal practicals by guided independent study using primary literature and key texts. 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 6.

Assessment preparation and completion will allow students to fully prepare for their formative and summative coursework. Students will have the opportunity to consolidate and build upon knowledge gained in the taught sessions

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
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Biodiversity test
Practical/lab report1M25Laboratory report (1000 word equivalent)
Practical/lab report2M40Four residential field course worksheets - each 500 words or equivalent
Practical/lab report2M25Field report 1000 word equivalent
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MTwo formative practical exercises
Prob solv exercises2MOne formative practical exercise
Practical/lab report1MField report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formative laboratory, field and research vessel assessments are designed to test the breadth of knowledge of important concepts related to designing and conducting scientific experiments and surveys using appropriate techniques and equipment.

Assessment of laboratory and field classes will be summatively assessed through the completion of practical reports. These are designed to examine the student’s ability to present scientific information and data in a concise way while following a specific presentation format.

The residential field course will be assessed through a biodiversity test and four field course exercise worksheets designed to examine their ability to synthesise practical knowledge and apply it to new marine environments. Students will be expected to work in teams to collect scientific data, which they will present clearly with justification for their findings.

Reading Lists

Timetable