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BL3308   Aquatic Ecology

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: Lectures: 10.00 am Mon, Tue and Wed Practicals: residential field trip.

This module introduces the ecology of aquatic systems beginning with a description of the problems of life in a fluid medium. The module then considers the contrasting conditions that are inherent in freshwater, estuarine and marine systems. The influence of global climate variation and the close coupling between land and sea will be emphasised. Case studies will then be used to introduce the ecology of a variety of aquatic systems including tropical, temperate and polar systems. This module involves a residential field trip to Kindrogan field station in the Scottish Highlands.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass BL2307

Co-requisite(s): You must also take BL3000

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 x 1-hour lectures (x 10 weeks) and 1 x 3-day residential field course

Scheduled learning hours: 50

Guided independent study hours: 150

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examinations = 66%, Coursework = 34%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 66%
Practical examinations : 14%
Coursework: 20%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 66%, Existing Coursework = 34%

Personnel

Module coordinator: Dr I M Matthews
Module teaching staff: Team taught