MST1205 : Marine Practical Skills 1
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Guenther Uher
- Lecturer: Dr Sara Marsham, Dr Gary Caldwell, Dr Heather Sugden, Dr Jane Delany, Dr Benjamin Wigham, Dr Martyn Kurr, Professor Grant Burgess
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
To introduce students to fundamental principles of field sampling methods, field observations and recording, whilst using shore-based exercises and research vessel work to measure environmental and biological characteristics of estuarine and coastal environments.
To introduce standard laboratory procedures applicable to a wide range of biological and environmental analyses
To acquire the practical skills underpinning these laboratory procedures, and develop awareness of good laboratory practice regarding health and safety
To give a first introduction to experimental design via field and laboratory sessions
To provide opportunities to apply numeracy & data analysis skills from NES1204 Study Skills to solve a diverse range of problems from contrasting field and laboratory settings
To acquire skills in recording and presenting scientific information
Outline Of Syllabus
This module provides a sound basis for the understanding of fundamental field and laboratory methods in marine science and equips our students with the practical skills required for biological and environmental surveys and laboratory analyses.
All students will
- attend a boat work session on our research vessel which will introduce them to the full range of sampling equipment in a small group setting and provide opportunities for practical exercises on board
- attend two intensive field weeks (1 per semester) which will give practical introductions into survey design and techniques, design and application of keys, qualitative and quantitative analysis of survey data, and taxonomy and anatomy of coastal marine organisms in a diverse range of local environments
- take part in laboratory sessions designed to teach the practical skills required to
Identify bacteria, phyto- & zoo-plankton, and macroalgae
examine the internal anatomy of key marine organisms
culture marine bacteria and phytoplankton and studying their growth physiology, and carry out
a diverse range of seawater analyses
- complete one small group laboratory exercise on experimental design and blind sample analysis
The module will include lectures and a range of field, boat and laboratory activities with small group teaching elements. All field, boat and laboratory activities will practise observational, note taking and reporting skills using a field and laboratory notebook.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||2||1:00||2:00||Introductory lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:30||1:30||Sitting practical examination|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||16||0:30||8:00||Revision for practical examination – 30 minutes each for 16 practical sessions|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||3||10:00||30:00||Completing summative assessments (laboratory & field reports)|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||9||0:30||4:30||Completing formative assessments|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||16||3:00||48:00||Laboratory practicals|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||1||8:00||8:00||Research vessel practical|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||20||0:30||10:00||Completing laboratory/field notebook|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||16||1:00||16:00||Preparation for practical sessions|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||2||36:00||72:00||Two field weeks (one each in semesters 1 & 2)|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures will introduce the students to the format of the module and outline expectations, including revision requirements for examinations.
Practical sessions are designed to introduce students to key concepts and allow them the opportunity to develop expertise in a range of fundamental scientific skills, including using scientific literature, and collecting, interpreting and presenting scientific information.
Students will be directed to supporting information to consolidate their learning by guided independent study, in particular via online material for practical preparation and subsequent data analysis. Students will be encouraged to become more independent in their learning at this stage in their programmes, developing 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 their formative and summative coursework, and their examination. They will have the opportunity to consolidate and build upon knowledge gained in the taught sessions.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Lab exercise||90||2||A||40||Practical examination in Ridley Teaching Laboratories 1&2|
|Practical/lab report||1||M||20||1000 word equivalent report on a laboratory exercise in semester 1|
|Practical/lab report||2||M||20||1000 word equivalent report on a field work exercise in semester 2|
|Prob solv exercises||2||M||20||500 word equivalent report on a laboratory based problem solving exercise|
|Written exercise||1||M||Five formatively assessed exercises linked to field or laboratory practicals|
|Written exercise||2||M||Four formatively assessed exercises linked to field or laboratory practicals|
|Practical/lab report||1||M||Notes from formative practical exercises (Field/Lab Notebook)|
|Practical/lab report||2||M||Notes from formative practical exercises (Field/Lab Notebook)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The formatively assessed exercises coursework are designed to test the breadth of knowledge of important concepts related to the application of biological and environmental survey methods, and laboratory analyses. Feedback from formative coursework will prepare students for summative coursework assessments and the end of year practical exam.
The two 1000 word equivalent summative reports will assess the students’ ability to plan and carry out experimental work from one field and one laboratory settings, and accurately record, analyse and report scientific data. In producing the report, students will need to demonstrate their use of taught practical skills, and appropriate reporting and interpretation of observations.
The problem solving exercise will examine the students’ ability to design an appropriate experiment suited to the application to unknown samples, and the ability to report outcomes in a concise laboratory report.
The practical exam will comprise either a vertebrate or invertebrate dissection in the laboratory under standard examination conditions. Students will be expected to produce annotated drawings outlining the key external and internal characteristics of a specimen and detail how form relates to function. In addition, students will compare the morphological features of two similar organisms to identify similarities and differences between them.