Marine Biology Field Skills

The details
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Sunday 01 December 2019
Wednesday 30 September 2020
05 September 2019


Requisites for this module



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),
MMB C160 Marine Biology

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

No information available.

Module learning outcomes

To pass this module, students will need to be able to:

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

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

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


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 Weighting
Coursework DAI 15%
Practical Medical Forms 15%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


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



External examiner

Dr Nicholas Kamenos
University of Glasgow
Available via Moodle
Of 88 hours, 4 (4.5%) hours available to students:
84 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Life Sciences (School of)

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