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MST1201 : Marine Biology

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To enable students to gain knowledge of the fundamental processes and functions of key marine ecosystems. To provide an understanding of the importance of marine ecosystems in relation to their distribution and productivity, and introduce students to different organismal processes such as feeding strategies, reproductive strategies and adaptations to biotic and abiotic factors. To relate knowledge of organisms in different ecosystems to each other and compare organisms in different environments. To appreciate the specific uniqueness of the plankton to marine systems and their role in life-history processes, marine food-webs and their responses to environmental change.

Outline Of Syllabus

30 x 1 hour lectures (plus 1 x 1hr revision lecture) based on the following themes:

1.       Diversity of Marine Habitats
2.       Patterns of distribution of marine fauna and flora
3.       Controls of distribution – environmental and biological interactions
4.       The importance of plankton in marine systems
5.       Zooplankton distribution and behaviour
6.       Marine Food-webs

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion300:3015:00Examination revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion210:0020:00Completing summative assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion26:0012:00Preparation for summative assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture311:0031:0030 lectures plus one revision session
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading302:0060:00Lecture follow up: reading
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading302:0060:00Lecture follow up: ReCap
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are designed to give students a broad factual knowledge of key biological principles and essential details relating to marine ecosystem type and function, and important marine organisms. The lectures will focus on comparing and contrasting the structure of key marine ecosystems and how organisms are adapted to surviving in a particular habitat.

Directed research and reading will support the information received through formal lectures by guided independent study using key texts. Students will be encouraged to become more independent in their learning at this stage in their programmes.

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

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M201,000 word or equivalent coursework assessment
Written exercise1M201,000 word or equivalent coursework assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The 2 x 1,000 word summative coursework will assess student’s knowledge of specific aspects of the course through a combination of written work and data interpretation, in addition to examining their use of the relevant literature to support their ideas and their ability to present information in an appropriate scientific format.

The written examination will assess the level of knowledge and understanding of all key themes of the module, including student reading.

Reading Lists

Timetable