Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4260 Biological Oceanography

(BL4260 online module handbook version 12)

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This module will provide primarily seminar-based instruction on the fundamentals of Biological Oceanography (BO). A few introductory lectures will focus on basic principles in BO and oceanography, including physical and geochemical principles as they apply to biological oceanography. Students will present seminars on particular focus areas within each lecture topic, based upon reading primary literature. BO is a broad field, so the module will provide an overview of the field with depth in a few chosen areas. At least one practical will be offered on the use of remote-sensing data for ocean observation, and we hope to develop a practical of zooplankton sampling. This module should coordinate especially well with marine acoustics and scientific diving.*

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 BL3318. 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:
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

BL4260: Timetable

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

Semester 1: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
17-10-2017
10:05 to 10:55
Bute Building
C26
Miller

Lecture L1: Introduction / History of Biological Oceanography
2017-8_BL4260_L1
reading: L&P ch 1
Wednesday
18-10-2017
14:05 to 14:55
Bute Building
C26
Miller

Lecture L2: Spring Bloom I / Physical features of the ocean
2017-8_BL4260_L2
Miller, ch11 (pg 238-245)
Friday
20-10-2017
13:05 to 13:55
Bute Building
C26
Miller

Lecture L3: Phytoplankton: the €˜plants €™
2017-8_BL4260_L3
L&P ch 3, Miller ch 2

Semester 1: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
30-10-2017
16:05 to 16:55
Bute Building
C26
Boehme

Lecture L4: Physical Oceanography
2017-8_BL4260_L4
L&P ch 2
Wednesday
01-11-2017
14:05 to 14:55
Bute Building
C26
Miller

Lecture L5: Determinants of production / Spring Bloom II
2017-8_BL4260_L5
L&P ch 3, Miller ch 3
Friday
03-11-2017
16:05 to 16:55
Bute Building
C26
Miller

Lecture L6: Zooplankton I: the animals and energy flows
2017-8_BL4260_L6
L&P chs 4, 5.1-5.3

Semester 1: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
07-11-2017
10:05 to 10:55
Bute Building
C26
Miller

Lecture L7: The Microbial Loop
2017-8_BL4260_L7
Miller ch 5
Wednesday
08-11-2017
14:05 to 14:55
Bute Building
C26
Miller

Lecture L8: Benthic & Mid-water life in the oceans
2017-8_BL4260_L8
L& P ch 7; L&P ch 8.8, Miller ch 12
Friday
10-11-2017
11:05 to 11:55
Bute Building
C26
Miller

Lecture L9: Marine Nekton: from larval fish to whales
2017-8_BL4260_L9
L&P ch 6

Semester 1: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
14-11-2017
10:05 to 10:55
Bute Building
C26
Miller

Lecture L10: Marine Nekton 2: Fisheries Oceanography
2017-8_BL4260_L10
L & P ch 6.7
Wednesday
15-11-2017
16:05 to 16:55
Bute Building
C26
Miller

Lecture L11: The Carbon Cycle in changing climates
2017-8_BL4260_L11
Miller ch 16

Semester 1: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
21-11-2017
11:05 to 13:55
Bute Building
LTA
Miller
Boehme
Other O1: student presentations
2017-8_BL4260_O1
presentations 1-6
Wednesday
22-11-2017
14:05 to 16:55
Bute Building
LTD
Miller
Boehme
Other O2: Student presentations
2017-8_BL4260_O2
presentations 7-12

Semester 1: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
27-11-2017
14:05 to 16:55
Bute Building
LTA
Miller
Boehme
Other O3: Student presentations
2017-8_BL4260_O3
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)

BL4260: Reading List

Click for BL4260 reading list

BL4260: Assessment

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

(MMS assessment data cached: 17 November 2017 23:20:14.)


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

BL4260: 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)

BL4260: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL4260 successfully should be able to:

  • This module aims to provide a focused introduction to the broad field of Biological Oceanography, integrating and synthesizing some material presented in JH modules.
  • Three weeks of lectures are linked strongly to reading material in two textbooks on Biological Oceanography which are available for loan from the library.
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)

BL4260: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

    Transferable Skills

    • Group discussion - participating
    • Long individual presentation on given topic (>15 min)
    • Review article on given topic
    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)