Biology Online Module Handbook

BL3318 Biology of Marine Organisms

(BL3318 online module handbook version 23)

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This module will include lectures on the range of microbial and metazoan organisms and ecological systems in the marine environment. The coverage will range from bacteria, to algae, invertebrates and vertebrates (fish, birds, reptiles and mammals). The biology of marine organisms is considered in the context of both adaptations at the level of the individual and its expression in terms of large-scale latitudinal and depth-related variations in productivity and food web structure. Examples from the poles to the tropics and from shallow water to the deep ocean will be included. Practicals will be field- and laboratory-based and will provide an experimental introduction to both ecological and physiological problems in marine biology.*

Credits: 20*

Semester: 2

Module Organiser
Dr Valerie Smith
vjs1@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463474/7210
Pre-requisite Modules:
BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU MUST PASS 3 MODULES FROM {BL2304, BL2307, BL2308, BL2310}*
Anti-requisite Modules:
None*
Post-requisite Modules:
BL4257, BL4259, BL4260, BL4301*
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

BL3318: Timetable

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

Semester 2: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
29-01-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Dr Valerie Smith

Lecture L1: Introduction to life in the sea
2017-8_BL3318_L1
Tuesday
30-01-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Dr Valerie Smith

Lecture L2: Marine viruses
2017-8_BL3318_L2
Wednesday
31-01-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Dr Valerie Smith

Lecture L3: Marine prokaryotes
2017-8_BL3318_L3

Semester 2: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
06-02-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Dr Valerie Smith

Lecture L4: Marine single celled eukaryotes
2017-8_BL3318_L4
Wednesday
07-02-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Dr Andrew Blight

Lecture L5: Macrobenthos: shallow rocky subtidal systems
2017-8_BL3318_L5

Semester 2: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
12-02-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Prof David Paterson

Lecture L6: Microbenthos: depositional systems
2017-8_BL3318_L6
Tuesday
13-02-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Dr Valerie Smith

Lecture L7: Marine pathogens
2017-8_BL3318_L7
Wednesday
14-02-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Dr Valerie Smith

Lecture L8: Sewage pollution of the sea
2017-8_BL3318_L8

Semester 2: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
19-02-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Dr Andrew Blight

Lecture L9: Marine primary production
2017-8_BL3318_L9
Tuesday
20-02-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Dr Andrew Blight

Lecture L10: Modern stromatolites
2017-8_BL3318_L10
Wednesday
21-02-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Dr Andrew Blight

Lecture L11: Herbivory and grazing
2017-8_BL3318_L11
Thursday
22-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology teaching lab
Dr Julie Oswald

Practical P1: Fish biology shape and feeding
2017-8_BL3318_P1
Student sign-up for lab day
Friday
23-02-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Julie Oswald

Practical P2: Fish biology shape and feeeding
2017-8_BL3318_P2
Student sign-up for lab day

Semester 2: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
26-02-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Dr Simon Northridge

Lecture L12: Fish
2017-8_BL3318_L12
Tuesday
27-02-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Dr Simon Northridge

Lecture L13: Fish and fisheries
2017-8_BL3318_L13
Wednesday
28-02-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Dr Simon Northridge

Lecture L14: Fish & fisheries
2017-8_BL3318_L14

Semester 2: Week 6

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
05-03-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Prof Chris Todd

Lecture L15: Sampling seashore and deep sea
2017-8_BL3318_L15
Tuesday
06-03-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Prof Chris Todd

Lecture L16: Rocky intertidal communities 1
2017-8_BL3318_L16
Wednesday
07-03-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Prof Chris Todd

Lecture L17: Rocky intertidal communities 2
2017-8_BL3318_L17

Semester 2: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
12-03-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Prof Chris Todd

Lecture L18: Rocky intertidal communities 3
2017-8_BL3318_L18
Tuesday
13-03-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Prof Chris Todd

Lecture L19: Rocky intertidal communities 4
2017-8_BL3318_L19
Wednesday
14-03-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Dr Roland Proud

Lecture L20: Pelagic sampling methods
2017-8_BL3318_L20

Reading Week: 17-Mar-2018 to 01-Apr-2018

Semester 2: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
02-04-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Dr Roland Proud

Lecture L21: Krill
2017-8_BL3318_L21
Tuesday
03-04-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Ms Camille Le Guen

Lecture L22: Zooplankton
2017-8_BL3318_L22
Wednesday
04-04-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Ms Camille Le Guen

Lecture L23: Mesopelagic fish
2017-8_BL3318_L23
Thursday
05-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Prof Chris Todd

Practical P3: Elminius shore survey
2017-8_BL3318_P3
Friday
06-04-2018
15:00 to 17:00
Biomedical Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Prof Chris Todd

Practical P4: Elminius field data collation & analyses
2017-8_BL3318_P4

Semester 2: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
09-04-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L24: Sharks
2017-8_BL3318_L24
Tuesday
10-04-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L25: Reptiles
2017-8_BL3318_L25
Wednesday
11-04-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Prof Graeme Ruxton

Lecture L26: Seabirds
2017-8_BL3318_L26

Semester 2: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
16-04-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Prof Philip Hammond

Lecture L27: Marine mammals: Introduction
2017-8_BL3318_L27
Tuesday
17-04-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Prof Philip Hammond

Lecture L28: Marine mammals: Adaptations
2017-8_BL3318_L28
Wednesday
18-04-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Prof Philip Hammond

Lecture L29: marine mammals: Food & feeding
2017-8_BL3318_L29

Semester 2: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
24-04-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Prof Philip Hammond

Lecture L30: Tuna and dolphins
2017-8_BL3318_L30
Wednesday
25-04-2018
12:05 to 12:55
Bute Building
LTD
Prof Chris Todd

Lecture L31: Global warming: Impact on the sea
2017-8_BL3318_L31
Thursday
26-04-2018
14:00 to 16:00
Bute Building
Bell Pettigrew Museum
Dr Valerie Smith

Lecture L32: Individual quiz.
2017-8_BL3318_L32
Takes approximately 1 h, visit the museum between 10:00- 16:00 h
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)

BL3318: Reading List

Click for BL3318 reading list

BL3318: Assessment

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

Assessment:
Museum Quiz
Due by:
Feedback due by:
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
0%
Assessment:
Essay
Due by:
05/03/2018 17:00
Feedback due by:
19/03/2018 17:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
50%
Assessment:
Elminius report
Due by:
23/04/2018 16:30
Feedback due by:
07/05/2018 16:30
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
50%

(MMS assessment data cached: 28 March 2018 22:20:20.)


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 Valerie Smith vjs1@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Dr Valerie Smith vjs1@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Dr Valerie Smith vjs1@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Dr Valerie Smith vjs1@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

BL3318: Contributing Staff

Dr Valerie Smith

Dr Valerie Smith
(Module Organiser)

Readervjs1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Andrew BlightDr Andrew BlightLaboratory Manager/Research Fellowajb34@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Philip HammondProf Philip HammondProfessorpsh2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Ms Camille Le GuenMs Camille Le GuenPostgraduate Studentcmmalg@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Simon NorthridgeDr Simon NorthridgeSenior Lecturerspn1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Julie OswaldMarie Curie Research Fellowjno@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof David PatersonProf David PatersonExecutive Director of MASTS:
The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland
dp1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Roland ProudDr Roland ProudResearch Fellowrp43@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Graeme RuxtonProf Graeme RuxtonProfessorgr41@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Valerie SmithDr Valerie Smith
(Module Organiser)
Readervjs1@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)

BL3318: Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a sound grounding of the biology of the wide variety of organisms that live in, or in close association with, the marine environment.
2. Understand the diversity of micro-organisms in the sea and why they are important.
3. Understand the dynamics of intertidal rocky shore communities, and the relative importance of biotic and abiotic disturbances that may influence their structure and stability.
4. Understand key processes in the pelagic marine environment and some of the impacts that might impinge on ecosystems there.
5. Understand the significance of diet, growth and body size for fish ecology, appreciate the key features of fish mating systems, and understand the basis to fish population dynamics and its significance for marine fisheries.
6. Compare and contrast the morphology, habitats, aquatic adaptations and food/feeding across the diversity of marine mammal species.
7. Describe the diversity of non-mammalian large vertebrates in marine ecosystems.

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)

BL3318: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

  • Measuring specimens using calipers
  • Purpose and practice of dissection
  • Species identification (Invertebrates)
  • Species identification (Vertebrates)

Transferable Skills

  • "Full" practical write-up (Intro, Methods, Results, Discussion)
  • "Short" practical write-up (e.g. completed worksheet)
  • Long essay (>2000 words)
  • Critically evaluating sources/information
  • Finding information from museums
  • Finding information on the web
  • Finding literature
  • Sourcing figures/tables
  • Lab safety awareness
  • ANOVA/Kruskal-Wallis test
  • Calculations/equations
  • Deal with outliers
  • Produce graphs/figures
  • Produce tables
  • Use Excel
  • Lab or field notebook
  • Generate class dataset
  • 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)