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This course features significant input from professional scientists from Marine Scotland Science (MSS), the Scottish Government’s foremost marine science research laboratory, based in Aberdeen. Computer practical sessions, delivered by MSS scientists, introduce students to the principles and methods of modern fisheries stock analysis and assessments, which ultimately help determine how fishing quotas are set. The course develops students’ computer programming abilities, adding to their numerate and analytical skills, which are in such high demand from employers in academia and applied science.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||5.5 credits (2.75 ECTS credits)|
The principal aim of this course is to introduce students to ideas about analysing fisheries data and applying both classic and modern fisheries science models. The course is based on a series of computer-based practicals which deal with such concepts as: assessing stocks using catch and/or survey data, cohort analysis, separable analysis, and length-based assessment. Extensive use will be made of the R programming language and Excel spreadsheet modelling. The assessment tests the students’ understanding through the writing of a number of short abstract-type summaries.
By the end of the course students should be able to:
· Understand and apply principles and methods of classic and modern fisheries analysis and stock assessment.
· Develop computer programming skills.
· Develop mathematical modelling skills.
· Develop concise technical writing skills.
By the end of the course the student should be able to:
· Appreciate the link between science and management of marine resources
· Handle R code more effectively
· Use (and program with) a greater variety of R functions
AssessmentThe assessment is based on a short, abstract-length answers to four essay questions.
This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.