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Modiwl OSX-3023:
Marine Mammal Science

Ffeithiau’r Modiwl

Rhedir gan School of Ocean Sciences

20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS

Semester 1

Trefnydd: Dr Line Cordes

Amcanion cyffredinol

Overall Aims and Purpose of the Module:

This module is aimed at students with an interest in the conservation, behaviour and ecology of marine mammals.

The module introduces students to the principles of marine mammal biology, including zoogeography as well as the morphological, physiological, and behavioural adaptations that have allowed these species to occupy a diverse range of marine and some freshwater systems.

To make students aware of the conservation and management issues concerning marine mammals including case studies of human-marine mammal interactions.

To provide students with an understanding of the unique challenges facing marine mammal scientists including strong components of relevant quantitative techniques and research methods (using R), which are of vital importance for anyone with an interest in pursuing a career in this field.

Cynnwys cwrs

This module will introduce students to the field of marine mammal science. Specific topics include: zoogeography, behavioural, physiological and morphological adaptations, population ecology, movement ecology, biologging and acoustics. Consideration will be given to how we use this knowledge to address conservation and management issues resulting from human-marine mammal interactions utilising both theory and case studies.

This module will involve three quantitative practicals on movement ecology, population ecology and bioacoustics where students will get the chance to explore tracking data, build population models, and estimate density of marine mammals. Students are expected to conduct all analyses in R (intro session to coding will be provided).

Meini Prawf

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Good is typically equivalent to a range between 50% and 70%

Where appropriate and possible, assessment criteria will be set individually for each assignment in the form of an online Rubric using the Turnitinuk software. In general, the category of good for an assessment, or aspect of an assessment would require the work to show wide knowledge and comprehensive understanding based predominantly on the taught programme and main recommended text, but typically with only limited evidence of enquiry and critical thought beyond that.

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Excellent is typically equivalent to 70% to 100%

Where appropriate and possible, assessment criteria will be set individually for each assignment in the form of an online Rubric using the Turnitinuk software. In general, the category of excellent for an assessment, or aspect of an assessment would require the work to show a very wide knowledge base extending well beyond the directly taught programme and main recommended texts, and show an in-depth understanding of the concepts presented and where the assessment allows, some clear and deep powers of critical analysis

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Threshold is typically equivalent to 40% to 50%

Where appropriate and possible, assessment criteria will be set individually for each assignment in the form of an online Rubric using the Turnitinuk software. In general, the category of threshold pass for an assessment, or aspect of an assessment would require the work to show knowledge and basic understanding reliant entirely on the taught programme, with very little, if any, evidence of critical analysis of sources or of findings. There may be minor evidence of lack of knowledge or understanding in places, but overall, the majority of any assessment submission would be factually correct.

Canlyniad dysgu

  1. Upon successful completion of this module the student should have demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of the principles of marine mammal biology via a variety of assessment types.

  2. Upon successful completion of this module the student should have demonstrated an ability to critically discuss the current conservation and management issues, drawing upon knowledge of the principles of marine mammal biology.

  3. Upon successful completion of this module the student should have demonstrated an understanding of the methodological challenges involved in studying marine mammals, and an ability to conduct relevant advanced quantitative analyses in R.

Dulliau asesu

Math Enw Disgrifiad Pwysau
ARHOLIAD Examination 50
GWAITH CWRS Animal movement: tracking marine mammals 20
GWAITH CWRS Population ecology: matrix modelling 30

Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu

Oriau
Practical classes and workshops

4 x 3 hours

8
Study group

Four hours of help drop-in sessions related to assessments or any other aspect of the module

10
Lecture

16 x 1 hour

16
Private study

In-line with all SOS modules, there will be a variety of learning material made available to the students for private study. Much of the time will be devoted to preparing specific assignments. General learning about the subject area would typically facilitated by lecture slides, recordings, and the TALIS reading list. Other web links may also be posted where opportune and relevant.

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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
  • Ymwybyddiaeth o ddiogelwch - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch amgylchedd a hyder o ran cadw at reoliadau iechyd a diogelwch
  • Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.

Adnoddau

Goblygiadau o ran adnoddau ar gyfer myfyrwyr

None

Rhestrau Darllen Bangor (Talis)

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/osx-3023.html

Rhestr ddarllen

TALIS reading list

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