MST2202 : Applied Marine Biology (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to make students aware of a representative range of applied contexts (including industrial, biotechnology, food production, surveying) in which their marine science skills may be applied. This module will highlight how fundamental understanding of marine organisms can be developed into commercial opportunities (at varying levels of development), thus bringing into focus subsequent employment opportunities for Marine Science graduates. The module is designed to encompass established employment sectors for marine scientists (aquaculture for example) together with awareness raising of developing sectors (particularly hi-tech sectors) such as the development and application of synthetic biology approaches in a marine context. The module will deliver lectures within five themes: 1) marine biodiscovery and inspiration; 2) algae biotechnology; 3) aquaculture and fisheries; 4) ‘omics for marine biology; and 5) marine mapping.

Outline Of Syllabus

24 x 1hr lectures (plus 1hr revision) based on the following themes will be delivered;

Biodiscovery, bioinspiration and bioengineering
Algae biotechnology
Food production: aquaculture and fisheries
‘omics approaches underpinning marine biotechnology
Marine synthetic biology
Spatial and habitat mapping

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for two examinations
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion21:303:00Examinations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture251:0025:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion210:0020:00Preparation for coursework exercises
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion24:008:00Completion of two coursework exercises
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading242:0048:00Lecture follow up: directed reading
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading242:0048:00Lecture follow up: ReCap
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study136:0036:00Consolidating lecture material and reading beyond the syllabus
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are designed to provide students with a broad perspective of the business and industrial opportunities open to Marine Science graduates, with a particular focus on biotechnology opportunities. The lecture series will reinforce the importance of excellent science that underpins the establishment of marine businesses, particularly the opportunities being created through high throughput multi-omics platforms. The link between fundamental organismal biology and the capacity to exploit metabolites is a central theme of the lecture series. The lectures will also highlight how novel approaches to applied marine science are increasing the scope and sustainability of blue biotechnology, including food, fuel and chemicals production from marine organisms. The lectures will also introduce the importance of surveying methods for site selection (e.g. for aquaculture and offshore operations) and how these approaches can be applied to improve the sustainability of maritime industries.

Directed reading and the use of specific business orientated case studies will support the lecture information received. 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, Adaptability and Initiative, which they will require at Level 6.

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A35Paper 1
Written Examination902A35Paper 2
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M15Coursework exercise (1000 words)
Written exercise2M15Coursework exercise (1000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The 2 x 1000 word summative coursework will assess students' knowledge of specific aspects of the module through a combination of written work and data analysis, in addition to examining their use of the relevant literature (including the patent 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 wider reading. The written examination will be divided into two papers, each of equal weighting, and will include questions to assess the depth and breadth of knowledge acquired throughout the module as well as the student’s ability to interpret and synthesise published data relevant to the course themes.
Paper 1: Consists of two parts;
Part A – short answer questions. Answer all questions using short notes or diagrams on a range of topics
Part B – data analysis and interpretation question. Answer all questions relating to the interpretation and understanding of data from a published scientific journal article, with content relevant to the themes of the module.
Paper 2: Consists of two parts;
Part A: Essay-style question. Answer one question from choice of three
Part B: Essay-style question. Answer one question from choice of three

Reading Lists