|Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc. Prof Ross Coleman|
Classes: 2x1 hr lectures/week. Practical classes will comprise of 3x5 hr excursions, 4x3 hr practical. Excursions may be timetabled for weekends.
Assessment: 1x2 hr theory exam (40%), 4 written reports (60%)
Textbooks: Levinton, J. (2009) Marine Biology: Function, Biodiversity and Ecology (3rd ed). Oxford University Press.
|This unit will describe some of the ways in which the properties of the oceans affect marine organisms. It also introduces coral reefs and other marine ecosystems, together with their productivity, biological oceanography, the reproductive biology of marine organisms, and marine biological resources. The practical elements will provide the core skills and techniques that will equip students to perform laboratory and field studies in marine biology. The unit will introduce appropriate methodologies for the collection, handling and analysis of data; the scientific principles underlying experimental design; and the effective communication of scientific information.|