MST3202 : Advanced Marine Research Topics 2 (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


An advanced, current research-based module for students with interests in postgraduate studies in Marine Biology and Ecology. Provides insights into various topics at the forefront of contemporary research based on the expertise of the contributors. Overall goal is to illustrate modern, multidisciplinary research across a wide range of contemporary marine science issues.

Outline Of Syllabus

3 x 8 hour lecture blocks based on current themes in Marine Biology and Ecology linked to academic staff research interests. Content will be drawn from active research themes such as:

Marine Biotoxins
Microbiome Biology
Trophic Biology
Organism Responses to Global Climate Change
Reproductive Biology
Algal Ecology
Hadal Ecology
Ecology of deep-water fishes
Monitoring Marine Mammals
Interaction of Marine Mammals and Fisheries
Whaling and Sustainable Management of Cetacean Stocks.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion31:003:00Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion242:0048:00Examination revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Scheduled lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading242:0048:00Lecture follow-up: recap
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study243:1578:00Wider background 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 to participate in advanced study of the primary literature relevant to the topics covered.

Directed 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 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 Examination601A343x 33% assessments do not add up to 100%, modified to 34%
Written Examination601A33N/A
Written Examination601A33N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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

Reading Lists