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BL4249   Scientific Diving

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: Full Time 2-3 weeks in January/February

This module will provide both theoretical and practical experience of the techniques used by scientific divers. The module is restricted to students who have an existing diving qualification (PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or BSAC Sports Diver or equivalent). Seminars during the field trip will cover diving safety, dive project planning, management, risk assessment and the theory behind underwater surveying techniques. Abroad, students will receive training in underwater marine identification, construction and deployment of underwater surveys and sampling techniques, gaining practical experience of recording, analysing and interpreting survey data. Then they conduct a mini-research project using suitable survey techniques and present their findings through a report and a presentation. There are additional costs attached to this module which the student will be expected to meet.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Permission of Biology Honours Adviser required, PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or BSAC Sports Diver (or equivalent). Before taking this module you must pass BL4251

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 8 hours per day for 2 weeks.

Scheduled learning hours: 96

Guided independent study hours: 54

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 45%
Coursework: 55%

Re-assessment: Resubmission of failed item(s) of Coursework


Module teaching staff: Prof C Peddie, Dr M Dornelas