Life Sciences (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
18 December 2019
Requisites for this module
BSC C100 Biological Sciences,
BSC C101 Biological Sciences (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C102 Biological Sciences (Including Placement Year),
BSC CD00 Biological Sciences (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C161 Marine Biology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C164 Marine Biology,
BSC CC60 Marine Biology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC CC64 Marine Biology (Including Placement Year),
MMB C160 Marine Biology
The marine realm covers 70% of the Earth's surface. It contains ice-covered seas and hydrothermal vents, muddy estuaries, deep ocean trenches and the clear blue open sea. The oceans and seas are also integral to the whole earth-ocean-atmosphere system, which controls the climate and conditions for life on Earth. The living, physical and chemical parts of the Earth all interact and influence one another, so that it is impossible to consider one aspect without thinking of the others.
This module describes the different marine environments, the organisms that inhabit them and their ecological interactions, and the physical and chemical conditions that determine the diversity of marine life. It also discusses how human activity is influencing marine ecosystems, through overfishing, pollution, and climate change.
The aim of this module is to help you understand and describe the different marine environments, the organisms that inhabit them and their ecological interactions.
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. describe the major types of marine communities, the major types of organisms that inhabit these communities and the roles that these organisms play in the marine environment;
2. demonstrate an understanding of the physical and chemical characteristics and processes within the marine environment;
3. describe the effects of these physical characteristics and processes on the distribution, abundance and productivity of marine organisms;
4. describe key biogeochemical cycling and their importance in the environment;
5. describe how human activities are affecting the marine environment, both directly and indirectly;
6. demonstrate understanding of key scientific measurement concepts and carry out, analyse and present competently basic aquatic physical, chemical, biological measurements and observations.
No additional information available.
Lectures (24 x 1 hour lectures including 1 on directed learning material plus 1 revision class before MCQ and 1 revision class before summer exam; 4 x 3 hour practicals or equivalent)
- Castro, Peter; Huber, Michael E. (2018) Marine biology, New York: McGraw-Hill.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Practical 4 Part C
||Practical 3 part B and Practical 4 Part C
||50 minutes during January (Multiple Choice)
||75 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Michelle Taylor, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Michelle Taylor, Mr Matthew Bond, Dr Michael Steinke, Dr Leanne Hepburn
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create the full email address)
Dr Nicholas Kamenos
University of Glasgow
Available via Moodle
Of 118 hours, 29 (24.6%) hours available to students:
89 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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