Marine Mammal Observation
Marine Mammal Observation 2022-23
School of Ocean Sciences
Module - Semester 1
This module will guide students through the survey process - introducing them to observation techniques in the classroom, providing practical experience of these techniques in-the-field, and analysing data using appropriate software. Students will be formally and informally assessed throughout the module. First, students will develop their observation skills in an 'Identification Test' using photographs of UK species. Second, students will apply these observation skills to collect data on the abundance and distribution of marine mammals along the north Anglesey coastline. Finally, students will use their data to produce a 'survey report' investigating relationships between marine mammals and environmental conditions within this region.
Threshold - (equivalent of D- grade) Limited knowledge and basic understanding reliant entirely on the taught programme.
Good - (B grade) Wider knowledge and moderate understanding based on the taught programme, but with evidence of enquiry beyond that. Able in data collection, data analysis and presentation. Understanding the limitations of methods used to collect data.
Excellent - (A grade) Extensive knowledge and comprehensive understanding based on the taught programme, and with extensive evidence of enquiry beyond that. Competent in data collection, data analysis and presentation. Understanding the limitations of the methods used to collect data, and suggestions as to how data collection might be improved.
- Analyse and report on data collected during surveys.
- Assess sea conditions during surveys of marine mammals.
- Be familiar with surveys commonly used for marine mammals.
- Identify a range of marine mammal species.
- Record the abundance, ages and behaviour of marine mammals.
Species Identification. Students are provided with photographs of different marine mammals, and asked to correctly identify species and/or count numbers of animals.
Survey Report. Students describe and critically evaluate different methods to assess the abundance and distribution of marine mammals, and analyze data from surveys.