Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4251 Tropical Marine Biology

(BL4251 online module handbook version 24)

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image: Tropical Marine Reef System

The goal of this module is to examine the ecological and biological principles underpinning the major tropical marine ecosystems. The module provides an understanding of the ecological processes that control tropical marine ecosystems, and considers the organisms that are characteristic of each. All the major tropical marine habitats will be considered, but with a focus on coral reef, seagrass and mangrove ecosystems. The module also tackles topical research areas on the subject through student-led seminars, which will vary depending on the latest scientific research and the specific interests of participants. On completion of the module, students will have an understanding of coral reef, mangrove and seagrass ecology. They will understand the biology and physiology of corals and be able to identify the major phyla associated with tropical marine ecosystems. The module will also provide an understanding of the threats to tropical marine habitats, current research trends on tropical marine systems, and the scientific approaches and techniques used tackle scientific questions relating to tropical marine biology.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 1

Module Organiser
Prof Clare Peddie
cmp@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463548
Pre-requisite Modules:
None*
Anti-requisite Modules:
None*
Post-requisite Modules:
BL4249 - unless other pre-requisite(s) for that module held.*
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

BL4251: Timetable

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

Semester 1: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
22-09-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Lecture L1: Introduction to Tropical Marine Biology
2017-8_BL4251_L1

Semester 1: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
29-09-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Maria Dornelas
Prof Clare Peddie
Lecture L2: Coral biodiversity, ID & ecology
2017-8_BL4251_L2
Friday
29-09-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Maria Dornelas
Prof Clare Peddie
Lecture L3: Coral biology
2017-8_BL4251_L3

Semester 1: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
06-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Miguel Barbosa
Prof Clare Peddie
Lecture L4: Coral reef fishes. ID & ecology
2017-8_BL4251_L4
Friday
06-10-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture theatre D
Dr Miguel Barbosa

Lecture L5: Coral reef fish behaviour
2017-8_BL4251_L5

Semester 1: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
13-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Lecture L6: Tropical reef survey techniques
2017-8_BL4251_L6
Friday
13-10-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Miguel Barbosa
Prof Clare Peddie
Lecture L7: Tropical marine invertebrates. ID & ecology
2017-8_BL4251_L7

Semester 1: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
20-10-2017
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Lecture L8: Mangrove/seagrass ecology What makes a good presentation
2017-8_BL4251_L8
Friday
20-10-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Tutorial T1: What makes a good presentation
2017-8_BL4251_T1

Semester 1: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
03-11-2017
09:00 to 09:25
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W1: Student workshop - Ocean acidification and the effect on coral reefs
2017-8_BL4251_W1
Friday
03-11-2017
09:25 to 09:50
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W2: Student workshop - Reef fish mating systems
2017-8_BL4251_W2
Friday
03-11-2017
09:50 to 10:15
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W3: Student workshop - Territoriality in reef fishes
2017-8_BL4251_W3
Friday
03-11-2017
10:15 to 10:35
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W4: Student workshop - coral bleaching - friend or foe
2017-8_BL4251_W4
Friday
03-11-2017
10:35 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W5: Student topic - Goby-shrimp associations
2017-8_BL4251_W5

Semester 1: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
10-11-2017
09:00 to 09:30
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W6: Student workshop - Damselfish-algae associations
2017-8_BL4251_W6
Friday
10-11-2017
09:30 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W7: Student workshop - the impact of aquarium fish trade
2017-8_BL4251_W7
Friday
10-11-2017
10:00 to 10:30
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W8: Student workshop - coral spawning
2017-8_BL4251_W8
Friday
10-11-2017
10:30 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W9: Student workshop - the impact of invasive species
2017-8_BL4251_W9
Friday
10-11-2017
10:30 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W10: Student workshop - the impact of coral mining
2017-8_BL4251_W10

Semester 1: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
17-11-2017
09:00 to 09:30
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W11: Student workshop - Mangroves and seagrass beds as fish nurseries
2017-8_BL4251_W11
Friday
17-11-2017
09:30 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W12: Student workshop - Coral reef fish settlement
2017-8_BL4251_W12
Friday
17-11-2017
10:00 to 10:30
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W13: Student workshop - Anemone-clownfish associations
2017-8_BL4251_W13
Friday
17-11-2017
10:00 to 10:30
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W14: Student workshop - impact of hurricanes on coral reefs
2017-8_BL4251_W14
Friday
17-11-2017
10:30 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W15: Student workshop - Threats to mangroves and seagrass
2017-8_BL4251_W15

Semester 1: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
24-11-2017
09:00 to 09:30
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W16: Student workshop -Tropical marine protected areas - do they work?
2017-8_BL4251_W16
Friday
24-11-2017
09:30 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W17: Student workshop -Negative and positive impacts of diving
2017-8_BL4251_W17
Friday
24-11-2017
10:00 to 10:30
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W18: Student workshop - sponges and their current and likely future role in coral reef ecosystems
2017-8_BL4251_W18
Friday
24-11-2017
10:30 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W19: Student workshop - Artificial reefs - a good thing?
2017-8_BL4251_W19
Friday
24-11-2017
10:30 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W20: Student workshop - global declines in reef ecosystems
2017-8_BL4251_W20

Semester 1: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
01-12-2017
00:00 to 00:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W21: Student workshop - Indicator species and their function in reef surveys
2017-8_BL4251_W21
Friday
01-12-2017
09:00 to 09:30
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W22: Student workshop - Cleaning symbioses
2017-8_BL4251_W22
Friday
01-12-2017
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W23: Course summary and feedback session
2017-8_BL4251_W23
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)

BL4251: Reading List

Click for BL4251 reading list

BL4251: Assessment

Coursework = 100%*

Assessment:
Presentation
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Single Upload
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Assessment:
Presentation Abstract
Due by:
02/10/2017 23:59
Feedback due by:
16/10/2017 23:59
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25%
Assessment:
Grant application
Due by:
30/10/2017 23:59
Feedback due by:
13/11/2017 23:59
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60%
Assessment:
Revised grant application
Due by:
20/11/2017 23:59
Feedback due by:
04/12/2017 23:59
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
15%

(MMS assessment data cached: 20 September 2017 22:20:10.)


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 (Prof Clare Peddie cmp@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Prof Clare Peddie cmp@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Prof Clare Peddie cmp@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Prof Clare Peddie cmp@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

BL4251: Contributing Staff

Prof Clare Peddie

Prof Clare Peddie
(Module Organiser)

Head of Schoolcmp@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Miguel BarbosaDr Miguel BarbosaVisiting Scholarmb334@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Maria DornelasDr Maria DornelasMASTS Lecturermaadd@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Clare PeddieProf Clare Peddie
(Module Organiser)
Head of Schoolcmp@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)

BL4251: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL4251 successfully should be able to:

  • Explain coral reef, mangrove and seagrass ecology
  • Understand the biology and physiology of coral
  • Identify the major groups and phyla associated with tropical marine ecosystems
  • Explain the nature of the threats to tropical marine habitats
  • Discuss current research trends on tropical marine system
  • Understand the scientific approaches and techniques used to tackle scientific questions relating to tropical marine biology
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)

BL4251: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

    Transferable Skills

    • Long individual presentation on given topic (>15 min)
    • Handout (for presentation or poster)
    • Research proposal
    • Response to comments on proposal
    • Critically evaluating sources/information
    • Finding literature
    • Referencing
    • Searching databases
    • Sourcing figures/tables
    • Ethical considerations
    • Peer assessment
    • Reflective analysis
    • Self assessment
    • Designing experiments
    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)