2 x 1-hour lectures weekly
8 x 1-hour tutorials per semester
8 x 2-hour workshops per semester
3 x 3-hour practicals per semester
2 x 3-hour field trips per semester
Examination, Participation, Presentations, Quizzes, Report
Topic description

This topic introduces students to the field of marine biology and related sciences. It includes an introduction to the science of marine biology, an overview of marine organisms, an introduction to marine ecosystems and major resources from the sea, basic knowledge about aquaculture practices, and principles of marine conservation and management. The workshops and practicals develop generic skills in research, analysis and communication as applied to topical issues in marine biology and aquaculture. The field trips provide students with first hands on experience with marine organisms and sampling techniques. Both workshops and practicals develop students' communication and written skills in the context of marine biology.

Educational aims

This topic aims to provide a supportive and stimulating environment in which students:

  • Develop an understanding of the foundations of marine biology and related sciences
  • Appreciate the breadth of marine biology and related sciences
  • Develop analytical and research skills
  • Develop awareness of the societal contexts in which marine biologists work
  • Develop effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the fundamentals of marine biology and related sciences, including marine organisms, environments, aquaculture, resources and marine conservation management
  2. Communicate information in the field of marine biology and related sciences by participating in presentations during workshops and practical sessions and by submitting online presentations and a written report
  3. Work independently and in teams in marine biology related projects
  4. Investigate scientific evidence and analyse scientific issues in marine biology and related sciences
  5. Use basic marine biology and aquaculture techniques