BS114-4-SP-CO:
Marine Biology Field Skills

The details
2022/23
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Sunday 15 January 2023
Friday 24 March 2023
15
31 March 2021

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

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),
MSCIB097 Tropical Marine Biology,
MSCIBA97 Tropical Marine Biology (Including Placement Year),
MSCIBB97 Tropical Marine Biology (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This module concentrates on developing research skills in marine biology. The module is taught during a residential marine field trip to the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth. You will gain experience in species identification, and measuring the diversity and distribution of organisms in marine habitats of a wide variety of animals and algae, and use a number of different techniques for describing the distribution and abundance of organisms.

You will also gain experience in the design of research programmes, in data analysis, and in oral presentation. These skills are linked to training in production and delivery of high quality scientific reports.

Module aims

The module aims to provide:

1. knowledge of marine invertebrate and algal identification, classification and distribution patterns in temperate waters;

2. competence in the use of taxonomic keys to recognise and name common species of aquatic plants and animals found in the habitats studied;

3. competence in experimental design, data handling and analysis appropriate to marine field research;

4. ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally, accessing and using published resources appropriately.

Module learning outcomes

1. knowledge of marine invertebrate and algal identification, classification and distribution patterns in temperate waters;

2. competence in the use of taxonomic keys to recognise and name common species of aquatic plants and animals found in the habitats studied;

3. competence in experimental design, data handling and analysis appropriate to marine field research;

4. ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally, accessing and using published resources appropriately.

Module information

Typically, each day will involve a period of fieldwork, followed by subsequent work in the laboratory (observing and drawing specimens, identifying organisms using keys, data collation and analysis). As well as laboratory and fieldwork, there will usually be lectures, class discussions (in which you will be expected and encouraged to participate), presentations on aspects of the class data or other set tasks and introductory talks to the following day’s work.

Learning and teaching methods

2 × 1h preparatory seminars 4 days, residential field course in March at the Marine Biological Association of the UK, Plymouth.

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non - essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   DAI    20% 
Practical   Medical Forms    5% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Michael Steinke, email: msteinke@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Michael Steinke, Dr Eoin O'Gorman
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create the full email address)

 

Availability
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External examiner

Dr Nicholas Kamenos
University of Glasgow
Reader
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 2 hours, 2 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information
Life Sciences (School of)

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