Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4256 Marine Bioacoustics

(BL4256 online module handbook version 30)

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This module will provide seminar- and practical-based instruction on sound propagation in the ocean, use of sound by marine mammals for communication, orientation, and foraging (as monitored by humans using techniques to record sound). It will also examine sound-based conflicts between humans and marine organisms.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 1

Module Organiser
Prof Peter Tyack
plt@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 462630
Pre-requisite Modules:
Permission of biology honours adviser required*
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

BL4256: Timetable

useful to have a look at Bradley and Stern (2008) before the lectures

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

Semester 1: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
17-09-2018
14:00 to 15:30
Scottish Oceans Institute
SOI 1.19
Prof Peter Tyack
fj7
Lecture L1: 1 Introduction: How marine mammals hear and use sound
2018-9_BL4256_L1
read sections 1&4 in Tyack (1998)
Wednesday
19-09-2018
14:00 to 15:30
Scottish Oceans Institute
SOI 1.19
fj7
Prof Peter Tyack
Lecture L2: 2 Understanding acoustics: sound velocity, frequency, wavelength and the decibel scale
2018-9_BL4256_L2
read section 2 in Tyack (1998)

Semester 1: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
25-09-2018
14:30 to 15:45
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.19
fj7

Lecture L3: 3: Sound propagation in the sea: source level, transmission loss, and received level
2018-9_BL4256_L3
read section 3 up to 3.3.1 in Tyack (1998)
Tuesday
25-09-2018
16:00 to 17:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.19
fj7

Practical P1: work problems as a group
2018-9_BL4256_P1
Thursday
27-09-2018
09:00 to 10:15
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.19
fj7

Lecture L4: 4: Long range communication in baleen whales
2018-9_BL4256_L4
read from section 3.3.1 to start of 3.3.3 in Tyack (1998)
Thursday
27-09-2018
10:15 to 11:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.19
fj7

Practical P2: work problems as a group
2018-9_BL4256_P2

Semester 1: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
03-10-2018
13:00 to 16:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.19
fj7
Prof Peter Tyack
Practical P3: Lab 1: Measuring source level and transmission loss in air
2018-9_BL4256_P3

Semester 1: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
08-10-2018
13:00 to 15:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.19
Prof Peter Tyack
fj7
Practical P4: Review problem set 1
2018-9_BL4256_P4
Tuesday
09-10-2018
14:00 to 15:30
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.19
Prof Peter Tyack
fj7
Lecture L5: 5: Echolocation in toothed whales
2018-9_BL4256_L5
read section 3.3.3 to start of 4 in Tyack (1998)
Thursday
11-10-2018
09:00 to 10:15
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.19
fj7
Prof Peter Tyack
Lecture L6: 6: Calculating echo levels from echolocation
2018-9_BL4256_L6
read Madsen et al. (2007)
Thursday
11-10-2018
10:15 to 11:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.19
fj7
Prof Peter Tyack
Practical P5: work problems as a group
2018-9_BL4256_P5

Semester 1: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
15-10-2018
13:00 to 15:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.19
Prof Peter Tyack
fj7
Practical P6: Prepare for Lab 2
2018-9_BL4256_P6
Wednesday
17-10-2018
09:00 to 12:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
outside
Prof Peter Tyack
fj7
Practical P7: Lab 2: Measuring source level and transmission loss in water
2018-9_BL4256_P7
dress for work outside

Semester 1: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
29-10-2018
12:00 to 13:30
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.19
Prof Peter Tyack

Lecture L7: 7: Effects of anthropogenic sound on marine life
2018-9_BL4256_L7
read Tyack (2009)
Monday
29-10-2018
13:45 to 15:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.19
Prof Peter Tyack
fj7
Practical P8: Review problem set 2
2018-9_BL4256_P8
also review lab reports and presentations
Wednesday
31-10-2018
16:00 to 17:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.19
Prof Peter Tyack

Other O1: optional in-class quiz
2018-9_BL4256_O1
replaces mark for problem sets if higher
Friday
02-11-2018
13:00 to 15:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.19
Prof Peter Tyack
fj7
Other O2: discuss student presentations
2018-9_BL4256_O2

Semester 1: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
05-11-2018
14:00 to 16:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.19
Prof Peter Tyack
fj7
Other O3: student presentations
2018-9_BL4256_O3

Semester 1: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
30-11-2018
14:00 to 15:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.19
Prof Peter Tyack
fj7
Lecture L8: 8: review
2018-9_BL4256_L8
Friday
30-11-2018
15:00 to 16:00
Scottish Oceans Institute
1.19
Prof Peter Tyack
fj7
Practical P9: Review Session Q&A
2018-9_BL4256_P9
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)

BL4256: Assessment

2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%*

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

BL4256: Contributing Staff

Prof Peter Tyack

Prof Peter Tyack
(Module Organiser)

Professorplt@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Peter TyackProf Peter Tyack
(Module Organiser)
Professorplt@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)

BL4256: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL4256 successfully should be able to:

  • At a general level, this course should exercise your skills in learning how to frame conceptual problems into a quantitative framework and to solve them.
  • Learn how to frame a problem in simple quantitative terms and to solve it
  • Critically evaluate the marine bioacoustics literature
  • Estimate how far a sound or an echo may be detected
  • Understand how marine mammals use sound, and how they may be affected by sounds made by humans
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of fundamentals of underwater acoustics
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of behavioral ecology of how cetaceans sense, make, and use sound
  • Have developed the competence to make acoustic measurements and relate these to expectations based upon models
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)

BL4256: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

  • Field sampling methods (Vertebrates)
  • Fieldwork safety awareness
  • Species identification (Vertebrates)

Transferable Skills

  • Group discussion - participating
  • Short individual presentation on given topic (up to 15 min)
  • Short informal presentation (using PowerPoint or not)
  • "Full" practical write-up (Intro, Methods, Results, Discussion)
  • "Short" practical write-up (e.g. completed worksheet)
  • Report to Health & Safety Executive
  • Critically evaluating sources/information
  • Ethical considerations
  • Lab safety awareness
  • Peer assessment
  • Problem-solving questions
  • Acoustic analysis
  • Calculations/equations
  • Data presentation
  • Decimal places
  • Draw a line of best fit
  • Linear regression
  • Logarithms
  • Non-linear fit
  • Other mathematical models
  • Produce graphs/figures
  • Use other data analysis software
  • Designing experiments
  • Generate class dataset
  • Organising group work
  • 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)