Modiwl OSX-2009:
Marine Ecology

Ffeithiau’r Modiwl

Rhedir gan School of Ocean Sciences

20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS

Semester 1

Trefnydd: Dr Gareth Williams

Amcanion cyffredinol

This module is designed to give students a solid grounding in ecological theory as it applies to marine ecosystems. Topics are taught by drawing on case study ecosystems taken from both temperate and tropical regions and include coral reefs, kelp forests, rocky shores, and mangroves. Students will undertake fieldwork on a rocky shore in the Menai Strait. Students will also undertake a computer-based practical where they will analyse existing data from a coral reef ecosystem to examine for environmental correlates of community structure across zonation gradients.

Cynnwys cwrs

Topics covered include predator-prey dynamics, marine disease ecology, invasive species ecology, early life history strategies of marine organisms, macroecology, population dynamics, facilitation, zonation, keystone species theory, dispersal and metapopulations, energy flow, and behavioural ecology. Students are also introduced to the need for a modern ecological approach in an era when human impacts are so prevalent.

Meini Prawf

trothwy

Basic knowledge derived from the lectures and some prescribed reading, but with limited ability to critically synthesize this basic knowledge

da

Knowledge based around lectures and, for marks at the higher end of the scale, with clear evidence of reading the prescribed literature outside the lectures. The student understands the fundamentals and demonstrates some ability to critically synthesize the various strands of information.

ardderchog

Clear and concise presentation of the fundamentals and the details of all areas of the module supported by reading prescribed (and other) literature outside the lectures. Highly developed ability to critically synthesize the module information and to link with other modules in the programme.

Canlyniad dysgu

  1. Gain experience of rocky shore sampling techniques through field work on an Anglesey rocky shore

  2. Comprehend the physical and biological drivers of marine ecosystems.

  3. Understand concepts of marine community structure and biodiversity.

  4. Gain a good grounding in ecological theory as it applies to marine ecosystems and marine communities.

  5. Gain experience in processing biological data from a coral reef ecosystem to: 1) identify and summarise biological community spatial patterns, 2) hypothesise the reasons behind such patterns, and 3) gain experience in dealing with data within a computer-based statistical package.

Dulliau asesu

Math Enw Disgrifiad Pwysau
GWAITH CWRS Rocky shore field report 35
ARHOLIAD Exam 50
PRAWF DOSBARTH Computer practical 15

Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu

Oriau
Private study

Directed Study of material in the form of illustrations, references to journal articles, reviews and book chapters will be placed on Blackboard for the students to access. Students will be directed to particular material during the course of the module. There is an expectation that elements of the directed reading will be used to support the lecture material when students are answering essay questions in the final examination.

168
Lecture

Lectures: 21 at 1h duration

21
Practical classes and workshops

Rocky shore field excursion (2h), laboratory practical (6h) and a computer session (3h)

11

Sgiliau Trosglwyddadwy

  • Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
  • Rhifedd - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio rhifau ar lefelau priodol o gywirdeb
  • Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
  • Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
  • Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
  • Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
  • Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
  • Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
  • Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
  • Gwaith Tîm - Gallu cydweithio'n adeiladol ag eraill ar dasg gyffredin, ac/neu fod yn rhan o dîm gweithio o ddydd i ddydd
  • Rheloaeth - Gallu defnyddio, cydlynu a rheoli adnoddau (dynol, ffisegol ac/neu ariannol)
  • Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
  • Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.

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