Marine Biology Field Skills

The details
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 15 January 2018
Friday 23 March 2018


Requisites for this module



Key module for

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 is a residential marine field course at the Marine Biological Association of the UK (MBA) in Plymouth. The aim of the module is to allow students to develop their field research skills in marine biology. Students will gain experience in identification of marine organisms including a wide variety of animals and algae. Building on these skills students will apply them in measuring the diversity of organisms in marine habitats using a number of different techniques for describing the distribution and abundance of organisms. Students will also begin to develop their understanding of the design of research programmes and field data analysis.

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 aims

No information available.

Module learning outcomes

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Module information

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Learning and teaching methods

4 days, residential field course in March at the Marine Biological Association of the UK, Plymouth.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Scientific Info Sheets 15%
Coursework Species List 15%
Coursework Identification Skills Test 20%
Coursework Research Oral Presentation 20%
Coursework Individual Contribution 10%
Coursework DAI 16/03/2018 20%

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Leanne Appleby Hepburn, Mr Russ Smart, Dr Michael Steinke
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

Dr Mark John Coleman
The University of East Anglia
Director of Teaching and Learning
Available via Moodle
Of 71 hours, 3 (4.2%) hours available to students:
68 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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