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Module

MST3101 : Advanced Marine Biology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Tony Clare
  • Lecturer: Dr Jane Delany, Professor Nick Polunin, Professor Grant Burgess
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 15.0

Aims

This module provides a 'finishing course' for students with interests in postgraduate studies in Marine Biology, and will provide insights into various topics at the forefront of contemporary research in this science area. Study units will involve blocks of eight lectures and workshop-type teaching. The overall goal of the module is to illustrate modern, multidisciplinary research across a range of marine science reflecting active Marine Biology research areas in the School.

Outline Of Syllabus

4 x 8 hour lecture blocks based on current topics in Marine Biology linked to academic staff research interests. Topics could cover subjects such as:

Macroecology of Fish and Fisheries
Marine Biofouling and Antifouling
Marine Molecular Biology
Public Engagement with Science
Marine Monitoring and Management

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 completion112:0012:00Completion of one formative coursework assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion82:0016:00Revision of course material for one formative assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion242:0048:00Revision of course material for three summative assessments
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials321:0032:00Non-synchronous online material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion312:0036:00Completion of three summative coursework assessments
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading184:0084:00Lecture follow up: Wider reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study322:0064:00Lecture follow up: ReCap and supplementary material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk81:008:00Topic-driven discussion and consolidation of non-synchronous online content
Total300:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Non-synchronous lecture materials and supplementary on-line material will present relevant, research-focused course content, allowing students to gain a greater appreciation of the research activities undertaken by academic staff.

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

Directed research and reading will support the information received through non-synchronous lecture materials and supplementary on-line material by guided independent study, using key papers from the primary literature. Students build upon the independent learning skills developed at Levels 4 and 5.

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 non-synchronous 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
Essay1M331500-word Summative Coursework 1
Essay1M331500-word Summative Coursework 2
Essay1M341500-word Summative Coursework 1
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1M1500-word formative Coursework 1
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The four 1500-word pieces of formative and summative coursework will assess the level of knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the module, including incorporation of additional online resources and student wider reading. Feedback on the formative essay is designed to prepare the students for the three summative essays.

Reading Lists

Timetable