Marine Biology Practical 1
Run by School of Ocean Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr Martyn Kurr
Overall aims and purpose
This module aims to introduce students to three important components of Marine Biology: Field Science, Laboratory Science and Communicating Science. It introduces students to the breadth of active research topics within the School Of Ocean Sciences. Students will use a range of different methods regularly employed by Marine Biologists including dissection, microscopy, species identification, data collection, and data analysis. There is also an emphasis on teaching students good laboratory and field skills throughout. During these experiences, students are exposed to a diverse range of species and habitats. At the end of this module, they should have obtained several core-skills needed in their studies, and transferable skills that can be applied across subjects.
Three laboratory sessions, and two workshops
- An introduction to marine plankton and microscopy
- The dissection of a marine teleost fish, and production of scientific drawings
- An introduction to common intertidal macroalgae and associated epibiota
Two case-study activities which include workshops and field visits
This programme may change depending on the restrictions of the COVID pandemic. Additional sessions may be included, or laboratory and field sessions may be made online only.
Knowledge extending well beyond taught material. A thorough understanding of subject-specific concepts and principles, often extending into more specialised areas.
Knowledge based on taught material. A basic understanding of subject-specific concepts and principles.
Knowledge based on the taught material. An understanding of subject-specific concepts and principles, sometimes extending into more specialised areas.
Implement simple laboratory experimentation, or field sampling, to collect data to test a hypothesis.
Demonstrate the ability to make rigorous observations of scientific specimens using appropriate methods. These may include undertaking dissections, using dissecting and compound microscopes, and making drawings and measurements.
Apply knowledge gained during practical work to answer questions about methods used, results obtained, and/or interpretation
Explore, summarise and graphically display key scientific results
Demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate data analysis and interpretation to a scientific dataset.
Explain the methods used and report the key results of practical work in the style of a scientific report, whilst adhering to scientific conventions in terms of structure, style, data presentation and referencing.
Identify a range of marine organisms to taxa and/or species-level, and label key anatomical features.
|Practical Skills Assessment 1||15.00|
|Practical Skills Assessment 2||15.00|
|Blackboard Ultra Test||30.00|
|Case Study Report||40.00|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Students should write additional notes during the field and laboratory sessions within their standard notebooks. Students should also research taught material further, and record these findings in their standard notebooks. Students should use this time to prepare their 4 pieces of assessed coursework.
|Practical classes and workshops||
A combination of laboratory and field practicals supplemented by workshops and lectures; three standalone laboratories in semester 1, and two "case study" field activities in semester 2, delivered by a combination of the module organiser and active researchers from the school.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
Resource implications for students
1. Students are advised to purchase copies of the books listed. Copies of Hayward & Ryland held in the practical laboratory can be consulted during laboratory sessions. 2. Boots and outdoor clothing are required for Field Science sessions. 3. Laboratory coats are required for Practical Laboratory sessions. Students are provided with a free laboratory coat at the start of their undergraduate degree. Students may purchase an additional laboratory coat from the technical staff for £10. 4. Laboratory notebooks are required for Practical Laboratory sessions. Students are provided with a free notebook at the start of their undergraduate degree. 5. Dissection kits are not required. For sessions, where dissection kits are required, kits will be provided by the technical staff. Students are welcome to bring their personal kit if they have one. Alternatively, kits can be purchased from the technical staff, but this is not a requirement.
- Hayward PJ & Ryland JS. Handbook of the Marine Fauna of North-West Europe, 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press. [Strongly recommended]
- Ruppert EE, Fox FS & Barnes RD. Invertebrate Zoology, 7th Edition. Brooks/Cole Publishing.
- Pechinik JA. Biology Of The Invertebrates, 7th Edition. McGraw-Hill Education.
- Levinton JS. Marine Biology: Function, Biodiversity, Ecology, 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- C166: BSc Applied Marine Biology (with International Experience) year 1 (BSC/AMB4IE)
- CC13: BSC Marine Biology/Zoology year 1 (BSC/BMZ)
- 8B76: BSc Marine Biology and Zoology (with International Exp) year 1 (BSC/BMZIE)
- CC1P: BSc Marine Biology with Zoology with Placement Year year 1 (BSC/BMZP)
- C160: BSC Marine Biology year 1 (BSC/MB)
- C16F: BSc Marine Biology year 1 (BSC/MBF)
- C165: BSc Marine Biology (with International Experience) year 1 (BSC/MBIE)
- CF17: BSC Marine Biology/Oceanography year 1 (BSC/MBO)
- C1F6: BSc Marine Biology & Oceanography (with Int Exp) year 1 (BSC/MBOIE)
- CF1P: BSc Marine Biology and Oceanography with Placement Year year 1 (BSC/MBOP)
- C16P: BSc Marine Biology with Placement Year year 1 (BSC/MBP)
- C351: BSC Marine Vertebrate Zoology year 1 (BSC/MVZ)
- 2F11: BSc Marine Vertebrate Zoology (with International Experience year 1 (BSC/MVZIE)
- C35P: BSc Marine Vertebrate Zoology with Placement Year year 1 (BSC/MVZP)
- 2W79: MMBiol Marine Biology (with International Experience) year 1 (MMBIOL/MBI)
- C167: MSci Marine Biology year 1 (MSCI/MB)
- C171: MSci Marine Biology with International Experience year 1 (MSCI/MBIE)
- F712: MSci Marine Biology and Oceanography year 1 (MSCI/MBO)
- F714: MSci Marine Biology & Oceanography with International Exp. year 1 (MSCI/MBOIE)
- F71P: MSci Marine Biology and Oceanography with Placement Year year 1 (MSCI/MBOP)
- C17P: MSci Marine Biology with Placement Year year 1 (MSCI/MBP)
- C169: MSci Marine Biology and Zoology year 1 (MSCI/MBZ)
- C173: MSci Marine Biology & Zoology with International Experience year 1 (MSCI/MBZIE)
- C1CP: MSci Marine Biology and Zoology with Placement Year year 1 (MSCI/MBZP)
- C168: MSci Marine Vertebrate Zoology year 1 (MSCI/MVZ)
- C174: MSci Marine Vertebrate Zoology with International Experience year 1 (MSCI/MVZIE)
- C18P: MSci Marine Vertebrate Zoology year 1 (MSCI/MVZP)