BS706-7-FY-CO:
Tropical Marine Systems

The details
2019/20
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
30
09 September 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

MSC C16112 Tropical Marine Biology,
MMB C160 Marine Biology

Module description

Lectures cover the four main tropical habitats Coral Reefs, Tropical Oceans, Seagrass Beds, and Mangrove Systems. Each section is illustrated with suitable case studies and considers long-term monitoring data that highlights the historical and more recent changes in the taxonomic composition and productivity of these systems.

This module aims to widen the understanding of some of the key functional roles of photosynthetic producers (corals, algae, cyanobacteria, plants) and heterotrophic consumers (planktonic, benthic and pelagic invertebrates and vertebrates). It will assist with developing the skills necessary to evaluate ecological and biogeochemical processes within tropical marine systems and their productivity, connectivity and resilience. The module will also provide some of the knowledge needed to assess the environmental implications of impacts and stresses at different spatial and temporal scales. Key skills of accessing and interpreting scientific publications will be developed throughout the module to aid the development of individual scientific opinion and thereby facilitate formal and informal scientific discussion within classes.

Module aims

This module aims to provide a thorough grounding in tropical marine systems, including the diversity of organisms that exist and the roles they play as well as the fundamental biological processes that enable these organisms to thrive

Module learning outcomes

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

1. describe the taxonomic and functional diversity of tropical marine organisms;
2. discuss the effects of physiochemical characteristics and processes on the distribution, abundance and productivity of tropical marine organisms;
3. discuss the role of tropical marine systems in biogeochemical cycles;
4. analyse the effect of historical and recent global change on biological processes;
5. discuss the impact of invasive species on the composition and functioning of tropical marine ecosystems;
6. explain the role of symbiotic relationships within tropical marine food webs;
7. demonstrate an understanding of how to measure primary and secondary productivity in marine habitats;
8. show competence in retrieving relevant information from diverse sources and interpreting scientific data;
9. demonstrate key skills in presenting scientific information in poster format.

Employability and Transferable Skills:

Demonstrate competence in written communication and information retrieval.
Produce a professional poster presentation.
Identify, interpret and synthesise important information from scientific papers
Formulate a valid scientific opinion and openly discuss this opinion within a formal and informal setting

Module information

Listen Again:
The School has a policy which ensures all lecturers opt-in to making lectures available via Listen Again. Therefore, in teaching rooms where the facility is available, lectures will be recorded via this service.

Learning and teaching methods

40 x 1 hour lectures

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 Weighting
Coursework Scientific Paper Review 25/10/2019 30%
Coursework Research Review 26/11/2019 30%
Practical Oral Presentation 06/03/2020 10%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Leanne Hepburn, Dr Michelle Taylor, Dr Rosa Van Der Ven, Dr Michael Steinke
School Graduate Office, email: bsgradtaught (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create a full email address)

 

Availability
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External examiner

Dr Nicholas Kamenos
University of Glasgow
Reader
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 36 hours, 34 (94.4%) hours available to students:
2 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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