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BL3318   Biology of Marine Organisms

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: Lectures: 12 noon Mon, Tue and Wed Practicals: to be arranged.

This module will include lectures on the range of microbial and metazoan organisms and ecological systems in the marine environment. The coverage will range from bacteria, to algae, invertebrates and vertebrates (fish, birds, reptiles and mammals). The biology of marine organisms is considered in the context of both adaptations at the level of the individual and its expression in terms of large-scale latitudinal and depth-related variations in productivity and food web structure. Examples from the poles to the tropics and from shallow water to the deep ocean will be included. Practicals will be field- and laboratory-based and will provide an experimental introduction to both ecological and physiological problems in marine biology.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass 3 modules from {BL2304, BL2307, BL2308, BL2310}

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 x 1-hour lectures (x 11 weeks), 2 x 3-hour practicals and 1 x 1-hour Museum quiz during the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 40

Guided independent study hours: 160

Assessment pattern

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

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 66%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 34%

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

Personnel

Module coordinator: Dr V J Smith
Module teaching staff: Team taught