Biology Online Module Handbook

BL3308 Aquatic Ecology

(BL3308 online module handbook version 40)

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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 must pass BL2307*
Anti-requisite Modules:
*
Post-requisite Modules:
*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

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
17-09-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L1: Introduction
2018-9_BL3308_L1
Tuesday
18-09-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L2: Lotic systems I
2018-9_BL3308_L2
Wednesday
19-09-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L3: Lotic systems II
2018-9_BL3308_L3

Semester 1: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
24-09-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L4: Lotic systems III
2018-9_BL3308_L4
Tuesday
25-09-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Andrew Blight

Lecture L5: The physical properties of water
2018-9_BL3308_L5
Wednesday
26-09-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Andrew Blight

Lecture L6: Dynamics of aquatic systems: drag and stress
2018-9_BL3308_L6

Semester 1: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
01-10-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L7: Lentic Systems I: The abiotic environment in lakes
2018-9_BL3308_L7
Tuesday
02-10-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L8: Lentic Systems II: Physiological adaptation in lakes
2018-9_BL3308_L8
Wednesday
03-10-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L9: Lentic Systems III: Eutrophication impacts and management
2018-9_BL3308_L9

Semester 1: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
08-10-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L10: Field sampling
2018-9_BL3308_L10
Tuesday
09-10-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L11: Indicator species
2018-9_BL3308_L11
Wednesday
10-10-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L12: Anthropogenic impacts on FW systems
2018-9_BL3308_L12

Semester 1: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
15-10-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Andrew Blight

Lecture L13: Estuaries I
2018-9_BL3308_L13
Tuesday
16-10-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Andrew Blight

Lecture L14: Estuaries II
2018-9_BL3308_L14
Wednesday
17-10-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Andrew Blight

Lecture L15: Estuaries III
2018-9_BL3308_L15
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: Assessment

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

Assessment:
Class Essay
Due by:
02/11/2018 16:00
Feedback due by:
23/11/2018 16:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
60%
Assessment:
Seminar Handout
Due by:
11/01/2019 16:00
Feedback due by:
01/02/2019 16:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
15%
Assessment:
Seminar
Due by:
11/01/2019 16:00
Feedback due by:
01/02/2019 16:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
25%

(MMS assessment data cached: 23 September 2018 22:20:09.)


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:

The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

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)