Run by School of Ocean Sciences
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Gareth Williams
Overall aims and purpose
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. In addition to the theory, students will learn about field methods for studying zonation in the marine environment using Anglesey rocky shore ecosystems as an example case study. Students will also undertake a computer-based practical where they will analyse existing data from a coral reef ecosystem to examine for evidence of predictable patterns in benthic community structure across depths and how these might relate to environmental (abiotic) and biological (biotic) drivers.
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.
Basic knowledge derived from the lectures and some prescribed reading, but with limited ability to critically synthesize this basic knowledge
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.
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.
Gain knowledge of rocky shore sampling techniques
Comprehend the physical and biological drivers of marine ecosystems.
Understand concepts of marine community structure and biodiversity.
Gain a good grounding in ecological theory as it applies to marine ecosystems and marine communities.
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.
|COURSEWORK||Rocky shore field report||35|
|CLASS TEST||Computer practical||15|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
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.
Lectures: 21 at 1h duration
|Practical classes and workshops||
Rocky shore field excursion (2h), laboratory practical (6h) and a computer session (3h)
- 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.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- C163: BSC Applied Marine Biology year 2 (BSC/AMB4)
- C166: BSc Applied Marine Biology (with International Experience) year 2 (BSC/AMB4IE)
- C183: BSC Appl.Terrestrial & Marine Ec 4 year 2 (BSC/APTME)
- C180: BSc Appl. Terrestrial &Marine Ec year 2 (BSC/ATME)
- C184: BSc App Terrestrial & Marine Ecology with Intl Experience year 2 (BSC/ATMEIE)
- CC13: BSC Marine Biology/Zoology year 2 (BSC/BMZ)
- 8B76: BSc Marine Biology and Zoology (with International Exp) year 2 (BSC/BMZIE)
- C160: BSC Marine Biology year 2 (BSC/MB)
- C16F: BSc Marine Biology year 2 (BSC/MBF)
- C165: BSc Marine Biology (with International Experience) year 2 (BSC/MBIE)
- C351: BSC Marine Vertebrate Zoology year 2 (BSC/MVZ)
- 2F11: BSc Marine Vertebrate Zoology (with International Experience year 2 (BSC/MVZIE)
- 2W79: MMBiol Marine Biology (with International Experience) year 2 (MMBIOL/MBI)
- C167: MSci Marine Biology year 2 (MSCI/MB)
- C169: MSci Marine Biology and Zoology year 2 (MSCI/MBZ)
- C168: MSci Marine Vertebrate Zoology year 2 (MSCI/MVZ)
Optional in courses:
- D447: BSC Environmental Conservation year 2 (BSC/ECON)
- D448: BSC Environmental Conservation year 2 (BSC/ECON4)
- D451: BSc Environmental Conservation (International Experience) year 2 (BSC/ENIE)
- F710: BSC Marine Environmental Studies year 2 (BSC/MES)
- F713: BSc Marine Environmental Stud with International Experience year 2 (BSC/MESIE)
- F79P: BSc Marine Environmental Studies year 2 (BSC/MESP)
- F700: BSC Ocean Science year 2 (BSC/OS)
- C328: BSc Wildlife Conservation year 2 (BSC/WLC)
- C332: BSc Wildlife Conservation with Place Yr year 2 (BSC/WLCP)