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BL4259   Marine Mammals and Man

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: To be arranged.

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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass BL3318

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 12 x 2-hour seminars over two weeks followed by 4 x 3-hour presentation assessment sessions at the end of the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 36

Guided independent study hours: 114

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 50%
Coursework: 50%

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

Personnel

Module coordinator: Prof P S Hammond
Module teaching staff: Prof P S Hammond, Dr S Northridge, Dr A Hall, Dr Gordon