Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4258 Foraging in Marine Mammals

(BL4258 online module handbook version 12)

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This module will provide primarily seminar and practical-based analysis of the life-history requirements of foraging in marine mammals, geographical and physiological constraints on finding food, food and feeding with a focus on types of prey and adaptations by the prey, adaptations for marine mammals feeding in the marine environment, optimal foraging theory, and optimal diving theory. Initial lectures will focus on theoretical issues and description of methods to study foraging. Students will then conduct case-studies of marine-mammal foraging, which will be presented in a seminar format as a group. Some practical work will also be included.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 1

Module Organiser
Prof Patrick Miller
pm29@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463554
Pre-requisite Modules:
BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU SHOULD PASS BL3319*
Anti-requisite Modules:
None*
Post-requisite Modules:
*
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

BL4258: Timetable

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lecture
tutorial
workshop
practical
other

Semester 1: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
18-09-2017
16:05 to 16:55
Bute Building
LTD
Miller

Lecture L1: Introduction to the course, overview
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Tuesday
19-09-2017
11:05 to 11:55
Bute Building
LTA
Miller

Lecture L2: Oceanography and foraging
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Friday
22-09-2017
14:05 to 14:55
Bute Building
LTD
Miller

Lecture L3: Sensory modalities in the sea
2017-8_BL4258_L3

Semester 1: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
25-09-2017
16:05 to 16:55
Bute Building
LTD
Thompson

Lecture L4: How life history impacts foraging and visa versa in pinnipeds: capital and income breeding
2017-8_BL4258_L4
Tuesday
26-09-2017
16:05 to 16:55
Bute Building
LTA
Miller

Lecture L5: Diving physiology, management of O2 stores, behavioural requirements
2017-8_BL4258_L5

Semester 1: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
02-10-2017
16:05 to 16:55
Bute Building
LTD
Miller

Lecture L6:
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Studying foraging behaviour of marine mammals in the wild
Tuesday
03-10-2017
16:05 to 16:55
Bute Building
LTD
Thompson

Lecture L7: Models of diving behaviour
2017-8_BL4258_L7
Thursday
05-10-2017
10:05 to 10:55
Bute Building
LTD
Hammond

Lecture L8: Methods for studying the diets of marine mammals
2017-8_BL4258_L8

Semester 1: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
09-10-2017
16:05 to 16:55
Bute Building
LTD
Smout

Lecture L9: Functional Response
2017-8_BL4258_L9
Tuesday
10-10-2017
11:05 to 11:55
Bute Building
C26
Tyack

Lecture L10: How toothed whales use sound to forage
2017-8_BL4258_L10
Final lecture of the module

Semester 1: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
31-10-2017
13:05 to 14:55
Bute Building
LTD
Miller
Heinrich
Other O1: student presentations of essay material
2017-8_BL4258_O1
Friday
03-11-2017
14:05 to 15:55
Bute Building
LTD
Miller
Heinrich
Other O2: student presentations of essay material
2017-8_BL4258_O2
Student presentations 5-8

Semester 1: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
07-11-2017
13:05 to 14:55
Bute Building
LTD
Miller
Heinrich
Other O3: student presentations of essay material
2017-8_BL4258_O3
presentations 9-12
Friday
10-11-2017
14:05 to 15:55
Bute Building
LTD
Miller
Heinrich
Other O4: student presentations of essay material
2017-8_BL4258_O4
presentations 13-16

Semester 1: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
14-11-2017
13:05 to 14:55
Bute Building
LTD
Miller
Heinrich
Other O5: student presentations of essay material
2017-8_BL4258_O5
presentations 17-20, if needed
Friday
17-11-2017
14:05 to 15:55
Bute Building
LTD
Miller
Heinrich
Other O6: student presentations of essay material
2017-8_BL4258_O6
additional presentations if needed
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)

BL4258: Reading List

Click for BL4258 reading list

BL4258: Assessment

2-hour Written Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60%*

(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 Patrick Miller pm29@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Prof Patrick Miller pm29@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Prof Patrick Miller pm29@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Prof Patrick Miller pm29@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

BL4258: Contributing Staff

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)

BL4258: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL4258 successfully should be able to:

  • We hope to provide a €œperspective € from which you can appreciate what is known (and indeed, gaps in this knowledge) about foraging behaviour in this diverse group of animals and help you to structure this information in a meaningful way.
  • The idea of the module is not to present a series of lectures but rather engage you in an exploration of what is known about how marine mammals find and capture their prey, how their physiology facilitates this and how their success or failure impacts the
  • We will also emphasize the approaches and techniques used in marine mammal foraging studies.
  • While there will be some lecture material, we will expect you to actively take part in an exploration of the literature and present what you find to the class.
  • We cannot cover all areas of interest but we hope that by the end of the course you will be in a good position to follow your own interests in the popular or primary literature and to critically evaluate current conservation and management issues.
  • Most importantly, we hope to foster an enthusiastic interest in marine mammals, their conservation and the protection of the marine environment.
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)

BL4258: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

    Transferable Skills

    • Group discussion - participating
    • Long individual presentation on given topic (>15 min)
    • Long essay (>2000 words)
    • Review article on given topic
    • Critically evaluating sources/information
    • Finding literature
    • Searching databases
    • Sourcing figures/tables
    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)