MST3201 : Advanced Marine Research Topics I (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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 include 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 sciences reflecting active Marine Biology research areas in the School.

Outline Of Syllabus

Three themes drawn from contemporary research areas in the School. Example themes include:

Macroecology of fish and fisheries
Coral Reef Ecology and Restoration
Marine biofouling and antifouling
Marine Chemical Ecology
Marine Molecular Biology
Marine Natural Products
Public engagement with Science
Marine Remote Sensing

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Supervised revision session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Core content lectures. 8 x 1hr per ‘theme’
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion242:0048:00Examination revision
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading241:0024:00Lecture follow up: ReCap
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading244:10100:00Lecture follow up: reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will present relevant, research-focused course material, allowing students to gain a greater appreciation of the research activities undertaken by academic staff. Students will be further encouraged to develop their critical thinking skills.
Directed research and reading will support the information received through formal lectures by guided independent study using key papers from 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 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 Examination1801A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examination will assess the level of knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the module, including student reading. The examination will present students with two questions from each of the three topics, and students have to answer one question per topic.

Reading Lists