Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4259 Marine Mammals and Man

(BL4259 online module handbook version 24)

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Marine mammals interact with human activities in a variety of ways and are frequently the focus of more general concerns about the health and exploitation of marine ecosystems. This module explores the impact of these activities on individuals and populations of seals and cetaceans, and vice versa. Most marine mammals species are long-lived and slow reproducing and the impacts of unmanaged human activities can be severe; a number of species or populations are threatened as a result. The module explores how best to provide robust scientific advice to inform conservation and management at local, national and international level.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 2

Module Organiser
Prof Philip Hammond
psh2@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463222
Pre-requisite Modules:
BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU MUST PASS BL3318*
Anti-requisite Modules:
None*
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

BL4259: Timetable

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

Semester 2: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
31-01-2018
11:00 to 13:00
The Gateway
Lecture Room 3
Prof Philip Hammond

Lecture L1: Introduction and conservation frameworks for marine mammals
2017-8_BL4259_L1
Thursday
01-02-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Philip Hammond

Lecture L2: Exploitation of marine mammals
2017-8_BL4259_L2
Friday
02-02-2018
12:00 to 14:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Ailsa Hall

Lecture L3: Disease, pollutants and biotoxins in marine mammals
2017-8_BL4259_L3

Semester 2: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
07-02-2018
11:00 to 13:00
The Gateway
Lecture Room 3
Prof Peter Tyack

Lecture L4: Effects of anthropogenic sound on marine mammals
2017-8_BL4259_L4
Thursday
08-02-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Simon Northridge

Lecture L5: Interactions between fisheries and marine mammals - I
2017-8_BL4259_L5
Friday
09-02-2018
11:00 to 13:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Dr Simon Northridge

Lecture L6: Interactions between fisheries and marine mammals - II
2017-8_BL4259_L6

Semester 2: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
12-02-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 1
Dr Dave Thompson

Lecture L7: Marine renewable energy and marine mammals
2017-8_BL4259_L7
Wednesday
14-02-2018
11:00 to 13:00
The Gateway
Lecture Room 3
Dr Lars Boehme

Lecture L8: Impacts of climate change on marine mammals
2017-8_BL4259_L8

Semester 2: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
22-02-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Seminar Room 2
JohnBaxter
Prof Philip Hammond
Lecture L9: Conservation, legislation and management of marine mammals in Scotland
2017-8_BL4259_L9

Semester 2: Week 6

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
08-03-2018
13:30 to 16:30
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Philip Hammond
Dr Simon Northridge
Other O1: Class group work presentations
2017-8_BL4259_O1
Friday
09-03-2018
09:30 to 12:30
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre A
Prof Philip Hammond
Dr Simon Northridge
Other O2: Class group work presentations
2017-8_BL4259_O2

Reading Week: 17-Mar-2018 to 01-Apr-2018

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)

BL4259: Reading List

Click for BL4259 reading list

BL4259: Assessment

Coursework = 100%*

Assessment:
Group work presentation
Due by:
09/03/2018 12:30
Feedback due by:
30/03/2018 12:30
Type:
Paper Hand-in
Weight:
1%
Assessment:
Essay
Due by:
06/04/2018 17:00
Feedback due by:
27/04/2018 17:00
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
1%

(MMS assessment data cached: 28 March 2018 22:20:20.)


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 Philip Hammond psh2@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Prof Philip Hammond psh2@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Prof Philip Hammond psh2@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Prof Philip Hammond psh2@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

BL4259: Contributing Staff

Prof Philip Hammond

Prof Philip Hammond
(Module Organiser)

Professorpsh2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Lars BoehmeDr Lars BoehmeMASTS Lecturerlb284@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Ailsa HallProf Ailsa HallProfessor, Director SMRUajh7@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Philip HammondProf Philip Hammond
(Module Organiser)
Professorpsh2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Simon NorthridgeDr Simon NorthridgeSenior Lecturerspn1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Dave ThompsonDr Dave ThompsonSenior Research Scientistdt2@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)

BL4259: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL4259 successfully should be able to:

  • Understand the basis for the main current issues in applied research on marine mammals
  • Understand how scientific information feeds into conservation and management policy and action
  • Extract, filter and interpret relevant material from the research literature and other sources
  • Integrate information and views on a range of topics and draw general conclusions
  • Balance appropriately scientific and non-scientific issues and viewpoints when considering matters related to the interaction between humans and marine mammals
  • Recognise that the direction taken for scientific enquiry may be influenced by the non-scientific views of the researcher
  • Balance individual and team needs in group discussions and presentations
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)

BL4259: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

    Transferable Skills

    • Group discussion - participating
    • Long group presentation on given topic (>15 min)
    • Short individual presentation on given topic (up to 15 min)
    • Long essay (>2000 words)
    • Critically evaluating sources/information
    • Finding information on the web
    • Finding literature
    • Referencing
    • Sourcing figures/tables
    • Peer assessment
    • Role play
    • 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)