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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

Lectures and practicals provide a framework for thinking about the marine environment in an integrated way.

A variety of data are used in practical sessions (e.g., oceanographic records, zooplankton and fish samples, video footage from the deep ocean) to support your data recording and analysis skills.

Guidance on writing an essay and feedback on your essay improves your understanding of what is expected in scientific writing and of your own strengths and weaknesses.

Case studies focused on the effects of human activities on marine systems support the development of your capacity for critical thought.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Philip Smith

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • One of BI2508 Principles of Animal Physiology (Passed) or BI2510 Principles of Animal Physiology (Passed) or BI25Z2 Ocean Biology (Passed) or BI25Z4 Ocean Biology (Passed) or BI29Z2 Zoology Field Course (Passed) or BI29Z3 Zoology Field Course (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course covers main aspects of ocean circulation; regional upwelling; chemical and physical properties of seawater; the ecology of phytoplankton, zooplankton, benthos, nekton, mammals, birds, rocky shores, littoral zone, kelp forest and deep sea; the coral reef, polar and North Sea ecosystems; and selected topics in marine management.

Associated Costs


Further Information & Notes

This course extends over five weeks only; the course is available only to students in Programme Year 3.

This course runs in weeks 13-17, and is scheduled in Thread 1, so may have contact hours in any or all of these times:  Mondays, 9-13; Thursday, all day; Friday, 9-13. 

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (60%), assessment of laboratory work (40%).

Resit: Similar to 1st attempt, with continuous assessment mark(s) and /or exam mark carried forward with an opportunity to resit either or both, depending on what was failed in the first attempt.

Formative Assessment

A strong emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback during practical sessions.


Each student will receive individual feedback and a mark for each task. Feedback will be provided as written comments.

Course Learning Outcomes


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