Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4251 Tropical Marine Biology

(BL4251 online module handbook version 46)

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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:
*
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

BL4251: Timetable

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

Semester 1: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
21-09-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Lecture L1: Introduction to Tropical Marine Biology
2018-9_BL4251_L1

Semester 1: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
28-09-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews
Prof Clare Peddie
Lecture L2: Coral reef fishes. ID & ecology
2018-9_BL4251_L2
Friday
28-09-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie
Prof Clare Peddie
Lecture L3: Coral biology
2018-9_BL4251_L3

Semester 1: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
05-10-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie
Prof Clare Peddie
Lecture L4: Coral biodiversity, ID & ecology
2018-9_BL4251_L4
Friday
05-10-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Lecture L5: Tropical reef survey techniques
2018-9_BL4251_L5

Semester 1: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
12-10-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L6: Coral reef fish behaviour
2018-9_BL4251_L6
Friday
12-10-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie
Prof Clare Peddie
Lecture L7: Tropical marine invertebrates. ID & ecology
2018-9_BL4251_L7

Semester 1: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
19-10-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Iain Matthews

Lecture L8: Coral reef fisheries
2018-9_BL4251_L8
Friday
19-10-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Tutorial T1: What makes a good presentation
2018-9_BL4251_T1

Semester 1: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
02-11-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Lecture L9: Mangrove/seagrass ecology
2018-9_BL4251_L9
Friday
02-11-2018
10:00 to 10:30
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W1: Alexa Roditi - Damselfish - algae associations
2018-9_BL4251_W1
Friday
02-11-2018
10:30 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W2: Alison Parr - Coral bleaching - friend or foe?
2018-9_BL4251_W2

Semester 1: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
09-11-2018
09:00 to 09:30
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W3: Georgie Harwell - Impact of the marine aquarium fish and invertebrate trade
2018-9_BL4251_W3
Friday
09-11-2018
09:30 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W4: Alexa Krywulak - the negative and positive impacts pf recreational SCUBA diving on tropical marine systems
2018-9_BL4251_W4
Friday
09-11-2018
10:00 to 10:30
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W5: Rowan Stanforth - Coral farming - what is the value?
2018-9_BL4251_W5
Friday
09-11-2018
10:30 to 11:00
Bute Building
LTD


Workshop W6: Lara Leonard - what value are coral reefs?
2018-9_BL4251_W6

Semester 1: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
16-11-2018
00:00 to 00:00
Bute Building
LTD


Workshop W7: Berta Manzano - Global decline in reef ecosystems - is there hope
2018-9_BL4251_W7
Friday
16-11-2018
09:00 to 09:30
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W8: Mia Ferraiolo - Artificial tropical reefs - what is the value?
2018-9_BL4251_W8
Friday
16-11-2018
09:30 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W9: Holly Cunningham - the impact of hurricanes on coral reefs
2018-9_BL4251_W9
Friday
16-11-2018
10:00 to 10:30
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W10: Antonia Kloecker - Sponges - the current and future role in reef ecosystems
2018-9_BL4251_W10

Semester 1: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
23-11-2018
09:00 to 09:30
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W11: Austin Morin - Acoustic signalling and displays in tropical marine fish
2018-9_BL4251_W11
Friday
23-11-2018
09:30 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W12: Hazel Adams - Territoriality in reef fish
2018-9_BL4251_W12
Friday
23-11-2018
10:00 to 10:30
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W13: Lydia Thompson - Mangroves and sea grass beds as fish nurseries
2018-9_BL4251_W13

Semester 1: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
30-11-2018
00:00 to 00:00
Bute Building
LT D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W14: Yasmin Dennis - Anemone and clownfish associations
2018-9_BL4251_W14
Friday
30-11-2018
00:00 to 00:00
Bute Building
LT D


Workshop W15: Meagan Redmonds - Cleaner fish and shrimp -
2018-9_BL4251_W15
Friday
30-11-2018
09:00 to 10:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Prof Clare Peddie

Workshop W16: Course summary and feedback session
2018-9_BL4251_W16
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: Assessment

Coursework = 100%*

Assessment:
Presentation
Due by:
Feedback due by:
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
0%
Assessment:
Presentation Abstract
Due by:
12/10/2018 09:00
Feedback due by:
26/10/2018 09:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
25%
Assessment:
Grant application
Due by:
02/11/2018 09:00
Feedback due by:
16/11/2018 09:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
60%
Assessment:
Revised grant application
Due by:
23/11/2018 09:00
Feedback due by:
30/11/2018 09:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
15%

(MMS assessment data cached: 14 November 2018 23:20:08.)


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:

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

BL4251: Contributing Staff

Prof Clare Peddie

Prof Clare Peddie
(Module Organiser)

Head of Schoolcmp@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Iain MatthewsDr Iain MatthewsSenior Teaching Fellow & Pro-Dean for the Faculty of Scienceimm7@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)