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ZO5820: MARINE BIODIVERSITY (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

This course will introduce you to the vibrant marine life in tropical, temperate and polar ecosystems on our planet, from both an evolutionary and ecological perspective. It gives you the opportunity to describe and identify biodiversity, discover how species are adapted to the marine environment, and investigate the impacts of climate change on marine organisms. This course focuses on coral reefs, soft bottom habitats, open ocean, polar systems, rocky intertidal, sponge gardens, and deep sea.  

The course uses a team-based learning approach that promotes the development of your research, communication, and teamwork skills. Students will gain hands-on experience in computing, wet lab practice, and fieldwork.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Tara Marshall

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course addresses several main themes that will help students better understand marine biodiversity across habitats, including: species identification and discovery, morphological diversity and adaptations, the distribution of diversity through space and time, threats to marine species, and mitigating global biodiversity loss. This course pulls from themes in systematics, phylogenetics, evolutionary biology, marine ecology, and conservation.

The course will consist of weekly lectures, practicals and seminars that encourage you to apply your knowledge of marine biodiversity to problems related to climate change and conservation. Lectures will facilitate a solid understanding of the topics and will introduce students to a variety of taxonomic groups and marine ecosystems. Practicals will further sharpen your knowledge and learning through hands-on experience with molecular data analysis, morphological comparison, and identifying and describing diversity in the rocky intertidal. Students will be divided into groups based on a marine ecosystem and will deliver an oral presentation at a weekly seminar that relates to the lecture and practical material.

Students will develop transferrable skills in problem solving, self-motivated learning, research and synthesis, teamwork and collaboration, time management and science communication.

Associated Costs

DescriptionValue
Lab notebook and local transportation for rocky intertidal field trip. GBP 30.00

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 31, 33, 38
  • 1 Field Course during University week34
  • 1 Science Laboratory during University week32
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 31 - 34, 38
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 31 - 34, 38 - 39

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Field Trip Log

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

verbal feedback and individual written feedback

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Design Project: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
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Feedback

individualised written feedback

Learning Outcomes
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Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseDevelop an understanding of the morphological, behavioural and ecological adaptations that have arisen in marine animals by comparing these features among taxonomic groups and marine ecosystems.
ProceduralCreateStudents will learn how to design a grant proposal to gain funding for a multidisciplinary research project
ReflectionEvaluateStudents will learn how to collect evidence and apply their understanding to multidisciplinary questions in marine biodiversity.
ConceptualApplyStudents will develop an understanding of the impacts of climate change on marine biodiversity, identifying some key stressors in the marine environment, and employ methods for detecting these impacts
ConceptualApplyStudents will develop an understanding of the diversity of life in our oceans and demonstrate this through their ability to identify & document species and investigate their evolutionary relationships

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