Biology Online Module Handbook

BL3318 Biology of Marine Organisms

(BL3318 online module handbook version 24)

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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:
*
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

BL3318: Timetable

No details are currently available for BL3318 Timetable

Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
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* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL3318: Assessment

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

(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 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 OswaldDr Julie OswaldMarie Curie Research Fellowjno@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof David M. PatersonProf David M. 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)