Biology Online Module Handbook

BL3308 Aquatic Ecology

(BL3308 online module handbook version 30)

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This module introduces the ecology of aquatic systems beginning with a description of the problems of life in a fluid medium. The module then considers the contrasting conditions that are inherent in freshwater, estuarine and marine systems. The influence of global climate variation and the close coupling between land and sea will be emphasised. Case studies will then be used to introduce the ecology of a variety of aquatic systems including tropical, temperate and polar systems. This module involves a residential field trip to Kindrogan field station in the Scottish Highlands.*

Credits: 20*

Semester: 1

Module Organiser
Dr Iain Matthews
imm7@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463004
Pre-requisite Modules:
BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU SHOULD PASS BL2307. BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU MUST PASS BL2307*
Anti-requisite Modules:
None*
Post-requisite Modules:
BL4301*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
Room 1.17, Biomolecular Sciences Building, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9ST

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk      Tel: 01334  463602

BL3308: Timetable

Legend (not all modules have every event type):
lecture
tutorial
workshop
practical
other

Semester 1: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
18-09-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Andrew Blight

Lecture L1: The physical properties of water
2017-8_BL3308_L1
Tuesday
19-09-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Andrew Blight

Lecture L2: Dynamics of aquatic systems: drag and stress
2017-8_BL3308_L2
Wednesday
20-09-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L3: Lotic systems I
2017-8_BL3308_L3

Semester 1: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
25-09-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L4: Lotic systems II
2017-8_BL3308_L4
Tuesday
26-09-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L5: Lotic systems III
2017-8_BL3308_L5
Wednesday
27-09-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L6: Lentic Systems I: The abiotic environment in lakes
2017-8_BL3308_L6

Semester 1: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
02-10-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L7: Lentic Systems II: Physiological adaptation in lakes
2017-8_BL3308_L7
Tuesday
03-10-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Andrew Blight

Lecture L8: Seagrasses
2017-8_BL3308_L8
Wednesday
04-10-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Andrew Blight

Lecture L9: Invasive Species
2017-8_BL3308_L9

Semester 1: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
09-10-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L10: Lentic Systems III: Eutrophication impacts and management
2017-8_BL3308_L10
Tuesday
10-10-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L11: Field sampling
2017-8_BL3308_L11
Wednesday
11-10-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L12: Indicator species
2017-8_BL3308_L12

Semester 1: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
16-10-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L13: Anthropogenic impacts on FW systems
2017-8_BL3308_L13
Tuesday
17-10-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Clare Maynard

Lecture L14: Salt marshes
2017-8_BL3308_L14
Wednesday
18-10-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
TBC

Other O1: Seminar
2017-8_BL3308_O1

Semester 1: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
30-10-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Andrew Blight

Lecture L15: Estuaries I
2017-8_BL3308_L15
Tuesday
31-10-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Andrew Blight

Lecture L16: Estuaries II
2017-8_BL3308_L16
Wednesday
01-11-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Andrew Blight

Lecture L17: Estuaries III
2017-8_BL3308_L17

Semester 1: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
06-11-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Chris Todd

Lecture L18: The North Atlantic Oscillation and biological consequences
2017-8_BL3308_L18
Tuesday
07-11-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Chris Todd

Lecture L19: The El Nino phenomenon
2017-8_BL3308_L19
Wednesday
08-11-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Chris Todd

Lecture L20: Oceanic carbon flux
2017-8_BL3308_L20

Semester 1: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
13-11-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Chris Todd

Lecture L21: Mangroves
2017-8_BL3308_L21
Tuesday
14-11-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Lars Boehme

Lecture L22: Marine systems I: Tides
2017-8_BL3308_L22
Wednesday
15-11-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Lars Boehme

Lecture L23: Marine systems II: Oceanic and atmospheric currents
2017-8_BL3308_L23

Semester 1: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
20-11-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Lars Boehme

Lecture L24: Marine systems III: Upwelling and downwelling
2017-8_BL3308_L24
Tuesday
21-11-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Other O2: Kindrogan Planning Session
2017-8_BL3308_O2
Wednesday
22-11-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Andrew Blight

Other O3: Invasive Species
2017-8_BL3308_O3
Friday
24-11-2017
13:30 to 23:59
Offsite
Kindrogan
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P1: Kindrogan Field Trip
2017-8_BL3308_P1
Saturday
25-11-2017
00:00 to 23:59
Offsite
Kindrogan
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P2: Kindrogan Field Trip
2017-8_BL3308_P2
Sunday
26-11-2017
00:00 to 13:30
Offsite
Kindrogan
Dr Iain Matthews

Practical P3: Kindrogan Field Trip
2017-8_BL3308_P3

Semester 1: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
27-11-2017
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Other O4: Student seminar talks
2017-8_BL3308_O4
Wednesday
29-11-2017
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Other O5: Student seminar talks
2017-8_BL3308_O5
Thursday
30-11-2017
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Other O6: Student seminar talks
2017-8_BL3308_O6
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL3308: Reading List

Click for BL3308 reading list

BL3308: Assessment

3-hour Written Examinations = 66%, Coursework = 34%*

Assessment:
Class Essay
Due by:
10/11/2017 16:00
Feedback due by:
01/12/2017 16:00
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
60%
Assessment:
Seminar Handout
Due by:
30/11/2017 16:00
Feedback due by:
21/12/2017 16:00
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
15%
Assessment:
Seminar
Due by:
30/11/2017 16:00
Feedback due by:
21/12/2017 16:00
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
25%

(MMS assessment data cached: 17 November 2017 23:20:14.)


The following related information applies to all Biology modules:

School of Biology Marking Criteria: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Late submission of continuous assessment work:

All late submissions of coursework that do not require electronic submission should be made via the late submissions box in the Biomolecular Science Building (beside the Teaching Office)
Exam details: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Exam timetable: see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/academic/examinations/examtimetablescurrent/
Expected attendance: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook for detailed attendance requirements.
Good Academic Practice & Avoiding Academic Misconduct: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
University Student Handbook: University Student Handbook
School and University regulations in the School and University Undergraduate Handbook relating to absence reporting, penalties and rules for late submission of work, extensions for coursework, return of coursework, S-coding, good academic practice and Academic Alerts.: School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook University Student Handbook
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Who to ask

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)

Questions about different aspects of the module should be directed to different people:

Questions about Contact
General teaching matters Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )
Rescheduled or cancelled events Check your University email
Lecture or practical content The lecturer who presented the material
Completing assessed practical assignments The lecturer who set the assignment
Completing assessments Module Organiser (Dr Iain Matthews imm7@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Dr Iain Matthews imm7@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Dr Iain Matthews imm7@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Dr Iain Matthews imm7@st-andrews.ac.uk) and the Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )

Difficulties with academic progress which impact more than one module:

Year Coordinator

See School of Biology Undergraduate student handbook for list: http://biology.st-andrews.ac.uk/documents/UndergraduateHandbook.pdf

Overall performance, progress or future directions:

Advisor of Studies

Disability:

Disability Coordinator (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Biology Teaching Office:

Room 1.17, Biomolecular Sciences Building, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9ST

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tel: 01334 463602

BL3308: Contributing Staff

Dr Iain Matthews

Dr Iain Matthews
(Module Organiser)

Senior Teaching Fellow & Pro-Dean for the Faculty of ScienceIMM7@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Andrew BlightDr Andrew BlightLaboratory Manager/Research FellowAJB34@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Lars BoehmeDr Lars BoehmeMASTS LecturerLB284@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Iain MatthewsDr Iain Matthews
(Module Organiser)
Senior Teaching Fellow & Pro-Dean for the Faculty of ScienceIMM7@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Clare MaynardDr Clare MaynardResearch FellowCEM3@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Chris ToddProf Chris ToddProfessor of Marine EcologyCDT@st-andrews.ac.uk
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL3308: Learning Outcomes

No details are currently available for Learning Outcomes

Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL3308: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

  • Collecting animals and plants
  • Field sampling methods (Botanics)
  • Field sampling methods (Invertebrates)
  • Fieldwork safety awareness
  • Labelling specimens and managing collections
  • Measuring structures using microscopes
  • Species identification (Botany)
  • Species identification (Invertebrates)
  • Using dichotomous keys

Transferable Skills

  • Group discussion - leading
  • Group discussion - participating
  • Short individual presentation on given topic (up to 15 min)
  • Handout (for presentation or poster)
  • Long essay (>2000 words)
  • Critically evaluating sources/information
  • Finding information on the web
  • Finding literature
  • Referencing
  • Sourcing figures/tables
  • Ethical considerations
  • Generating questions
  • Role play
  • Biodiversity analysis
  • Data analysis
  • Data analysis (depending on project)
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Produce graphs/figures
  • Significant figures
  • Use Excel
  • Use R or R Studio
  • Lab or field notebook
  • Critiquing experimental design
  • Designing experiments
  • Generate class dataset
  • Managing a team
  • Organising group work
  • Working in large groups
  • Working in pairs/small groups
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Policies

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)