Biology Online Module Handbook

BL3318 Biology of Marine Organisms

(BL3318 online module handbook version 32)

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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 Julie Oswald
jno@st-andrews.ac.uk
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

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

Semester 2: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
28-01-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Dr Julie Oswald

Lecture L1: Module Introduction
2018-9_BL3318_L1
Tuesday
29-01-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Prof Philip Hammond

Lecture L2: Marine mammals: diversity/distribution
2018-9_BL3318_L2
Wednesday
30-01-2019
12:05 to 12:55
Other
Arts lecture theatre
Prof Philip Hammond

Lecture L3: Marine mammals: adaptations
2018-9_BL3318_L3

Semester 2: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
05-02-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Prof Philip Hammond

Lecture L4: Marine mammals: food and feeding
2018-9_BL3318_L4
Wednesday
06-02-2019
12:05 to 12:55
Other
Arts lecture theatre
graeme.ruxton

Lecture L5: Seabirds
2018-9_BL3318_L5

Semester 2: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
11-02-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Prof Philip Hammond

Lecture L6: Fish diversity
2018-9_BL3318_L6
Tuesday
12-02-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
graeme.ruxton

Lecture L7: Marine reptiles
2018-9_BL3318_L7
Wednesday
13-02-2019
12:05 to 12:55
Other
Arts lecture theatre
graeme.ruxton

Lecture L8: Sharks
2018-9_BL3318_L8

Semester 2: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
18-02-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Prof Philip Hammond

Lecture L9: Fish and fisheries
2018-9_BL3318_L9
Tuesday
19-02-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Prof Peter Tyack

Lecture L10: How marine mammals use sound
2018-9_BL3318_L10
Wednesday
20-02-2019
12:05 to 12:55
Other
Arts lecture theatre
Prof Philip Hammond

Lecture L11: Ecosystem effects of fisheries
2018-9_BL3318_L11
Friday
22-02-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Butts Wynd
Butts Wynd PC Lab
Prof Peter Tyack

Practical P1: Marine mammal acoustics
2018-9_BL3318_P1

Semester 2: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
25-02-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Dr Monica Arso Civil

Lecture L12: Guest research seminar - coastal marine mammals around Scotland
2018-9_BL3318_L12
Tuesday
26-02-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Dr Julie Oswald

Lecture L13: Tropical systems
2018-9_BL3318_L13
Wednesday
27-02-2019
12:05 to 12:55
Other
Arts lecture theatre
Prof Philip Hammond

Lecture L14: Tuna and dolphins in the ETP
2018-9_BL3318_L14

Semester 2: Week 6

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
04-03-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Prof Andrew Brierley

Lecture L15: Pelagic sampling methods
2018-9_BL3318_L15
Tuesday
05-03-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Prof Andrew Brierley

Lecture L16: Zooplankton
2018-9_BL3318_L16
Wednesday
06-03-2019
12:05 to 12:55
Other
Arts lecture theatre
Prof Vincent Janik

Other O1: Literature discussion
2018-9_BL3318_O1

Semester 2: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
11-03-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Prof Andrew Brierley

Lecture L17: Krill
2018-9_BL3318_L17
Tuesday
12-03-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Prof Andrew Brierley

Lecture L18: Jellyfish
2018-9_BL3318_L18
Wednesday
13-03-2019
12:05 to 12:55
Other
Arts lecture theatre
Prof Andrew Brierley

Lecture L19: Mesopelagic fish
2018-9_BL3318_L19

Reading Week: 16-Mar-2019 to 31-Mar-2019

Semester 2: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
01-04-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Dr Peter Coote

Lecture L20: Marine prokaryotes
2018-9_BL3318_L20
Tuesday
02-04-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Dr Peter Coote

Lecture L21: Sewage pollution of the sea
2018-9_BL3318_L21
Wednesday
03-04-2019
12:05 to 12:55
Other
Arts lecture theatre
Dr Andrew Blight

Lecture L22: Primary production
2018-9_BL3318_L22
Thursday
04-04-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Julie Oswald

Practical P2: Fish body shape and feeding
2018-9_BL3318_P2
Sign-up for Thursday or Friday
Friday
05-04-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Biomedical Sciences Building
Biology Teaching Lab
Dr Julie Oswald

Practical P3: Fish body shape and feeding
2018-9_BL3318_P3
Sign up for Thursday or Friday

Semester 2: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
08-04-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Dr Andrew Blight

Lecture L23: Marine stromatolites
2018-9_BL3318_L23
Tuesday
09-04-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Dr Andrew Blight

Lecture L24: Herbivores and grazing
2018-9_BL3318_L24
Wednesday
10-04-2019
12:05 to 12:55
Other
Arts lecture theatre
Prof David M. Paterson

Lecture L25: Primary productivity in intertidal sediments
2018-9_BL3318_L25

Semester 2: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
15-04-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Dr Andrew Blight

Lecture L26: Macrobenthic rocky subtidal systems
2018-9_BL3318_L26
Tuesday
16-04-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Prof David M. Paterson

Lecture L27: The ecology of oil rigs
2018-9_BL3318_L27
Wednesday
17-04-2019
12:05 to 12:55
Other
Arts lecture theatre
graeme.ruxton

Other O2: Problem solving questions
2018-9_BL3318_O2

Semester 2: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
22-04-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Dr Julie Oswald

Lecture L28: Polar systems
2018-9_BL3318_L28
Tuesday
23-04-2019
12:05 to 12:55
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Dr Julie Oswald

Lecture L29: Deep sea systems
2018-9_BL3318_L29
Wednesday
24-04-2019
12:05 to 12:55
Other
Arts lecture theatre
Dr Julie Oswald

Lecture L30: Hydrothermal vents
2018-9_BL3318_L30
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: Assessment

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

Assessment:
Essay
Due by:
11/03/2019 17:30
Feedback due by:
01/04/2019 17:30
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
50%
Assessment:
Practical exercise
Due by:
09/04/2019 17:00
Feedback due by:
30/04/2019 17:00
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
50%

(MMS assessment data cached: 15 February 2019 23:20:13.)


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

For advice and support on any issue e.g. academic, financial, international, personal or health matters, or if you are unsure of who to go to for help:

Advice & Support Centre

Address: 79 North Street, St Andrews

Email: theasc@st-andrews.ac.uk

Web: https://www.standrews.ac.uk/ask-a-question/

Tel: 01334 462020

University assistance with urgent matters out of office hours:

Tel: 01334 476161

Web: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/advice/counselling/incrisis/

Biology Teaching Office:

We are happy to hear from you about teaching matters. The School of Biology Teaching Office is open Monday to Friday 09.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 17.00. School of Biology staff will respond to your emails during these hours. Our team will provide a response to you within three working days.

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 463602/3566

BL3318: Contributing Staff

Dr Julie Oswald

Dr Julie Oswald
(Module Organiser)

Lecturer (Education Focused)jno@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Monica Arso CivilDr Monica Arso CivilPost-Doctoral Research Fellowmac64@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Andrew BlightDr Andrew BlightLaboratory Manager/Research Fellowajb34@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Andrew BrierleyProf Andrew BrierleyProfessor in Biologyasb4@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Peter CooteDr Peter CooteLecturerpjc5@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Philip HammondProf Philip HammondProfessorpsh2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Vincent JanikProf Vincent JanikProfessor of Biology
Director of Scottish Oceans Institute
vj@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Julie OswaldDr Julie Oswald
(Module Organiser)
Lecturer (Education Focused)jno@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
Prof Peter TyackProf Peter TyackProfessorplt@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. Compare and contrast the morphology, habitats, aquatic adaptations and food/feeding across the diversity of marine mammal species.
3. Describe the diversity of non-mammalian large vertebrates in marine ecosystems.
4. 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.
5. Understand key processes in the pelagic marine environment and some of the impacts that might impinge on ecosystems there.
6. Understand the dynamics of intertidal and subtidal communities
7. Understand adaptations of marine organisms to polar, tropical and deep sea environments

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

  • Group discussion - participating
  • "Short" practical write-up (e.g. completed worksheet)
  • Long essay (>2000 words)
  • Critically evaluating sources/information
  • Finding information on the web
  • Finding literature
  • Sourcing figures/tables
  • Lab safety awareness
  • Reflective analysis
  • Problem-solving questions
  • Acoustic analysis
  • Calculations/equations
  • Lab or field notebook
  • Critiquing experimental design
  • 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)