Marine & Coastal Biology Field Course - BIO00021I

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Julia Ferrari
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

The main aim of the module is to introduce students to ecological sampling techniques in a marine and coastal setting. A major part of the module is a 9 day field course which takes place at the end of the 1st undergraduate year in week 10/11 of the summer term at FSC Millport, Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland. This students are introduced to several sampling techniques used in field ecology and to a range of marine and terrestrial organisms. In the first half of the field course, the students partcipate in group work. In the second half of the field course, students will work on their own projects. On the return in the autumn, there will be support for data analsis and writing up the project in the form of a scientific report, which will be 100% of the assessment for the module. Throughout the course, the students will have the opportunity to present their own work.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

The main aim of the module is to introduce students to ecological sampling techniques in a marine and coastal setting. A major part of the module is a 9 day field course which takes place at the end of the 1st undergraduate year in week 10/11 of the summer term at FSC Millport, Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland. This students are introduced to several sampling techniques used in field ecology and to a range of marine and terrestrial organisms. In the first half of the field course, the students participate in group work. In the second half of the field course, students will work on their own projects. On the return in the autumn, there will be support for data analysis and writing up the project in the form of a scientific report, which will be 100% of the assessment for the module. Throughout the course, the students will have the opportunity to present their own work.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module, the students should:

  • Be able to identify some groups of intertidal organisms in the field, and be able to use identification keys.
  • Know of and have used several ecological sampling techniques.
  • Be able to plan and carry out simple field investigations.
  • Be able to present own data in a clear and visually attractive form.
  • Be able to interpret and statistically analyse data.
  • Be able to give a scientific presentation.
  • Be able to write a short scientific report and relate own findings to the literature.

Module content

1. Identify some groups of intertidal organisms in the field, and be able to use identification keys

2. Use several ecological sampling techniques and will be able to make appropriate methodological choices

3. Plan and carry out simple field investiagtions

4. Present own data in a clear, accurate and visually attractive form

5. Interpret data and perform simple statistical analyses

6. Write a short scientific report which relates own findings to the literature

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
1500-2500 word report
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Additional assessment information

During the field course there will be several presentations based on group and individual project data where the students will summarise their data. After return in the autumn term, the students will submit one powerpoint slide that will summarise the essence of their project and will receive individual feedback on this.

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
1500-2500 word report
N/A 100

Module feedback

Marks for open assessments will be made available to you and your supervisor via e:vision. Individual comments will be added to your script and/or on separate summary feedback document. Histograms of module marks will be posted on the notice boards outside the Biology Student Services office. You should take the opportunity to discuss your marks and feedback with your supervisor.

During the teaching of the module you will receive feedback that may be at a whole class or individual level. Forms of feedback may include: model answers and discussion of workshop questions, summaries of performance in practicals, VLE-based quizzes, individual spoken comments during workshops, individual written comments on formative work.  

Indicative reading

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