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Course Overview

Students explore science, policy and management issues relevant to the sustainable management of marine resources through individual- and group-based research.

The course uses a problem-based learning approach which increases enthusiasm, promotes deeper learning and improves abilities in team working.

Students enhance critical thinking skills by analysing quantitative data relevant to managing the impacts of human activities on marine resources.

Guest lectures provide opportunities to network with professionals working with marine resources.

Assessment is based on oral presentations, a briefing note and final report, all of which help students to develop communication skills relevant to the workplace.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Tara Marshall

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

  • One of Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or BSc Biology (Studied) or BSc Conservation Biology (Studied) or BSc Plant Biology (Studied) or BSc Zoology (Studied) or BSc Animal Ecology (Studied) or BSc Marine Biology (Studied) or BSc Animal Behaviour (Studied) or BSc Behavioural Biology (Studied) or MSci Biological Sciences (Studied) or BSc Biological Sciences (Honours) (Studied) or Bachelor Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management (Studied) or BSc Ecology (Studied) or BSc Wildlife Management (Studied) or BSc Forestry (Studied) or BSc Forest Sciences (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Physical Sci) (Studied)
  • One of Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or ZO3010 Animal Evolution and Biodiversity (Passed) or ZO3011 Animal Evolution and Biodiversity (Passed) or ZO3303 Animal Population Ecology (Passed) or ZO3304 Marine Ecology and Ecosystems (Passed) or ZO3305 Animal Population Ecology (Passed) or ZO3306 Marine Ecology and Ecosystems (Passed) or ZO3307 Animal Population Ecology (Passed) or ZO3508 Marine Ecology and Ecosystems (Passed) or ZO3809 Aquatic Biology, Conservation & Exploitation (Passed) or ZO3811 Applied Marine Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture (Passed) or ZO3812 Applied Marine Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture (Passed)
  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course has three key objectives:

  • to draw upon recent research that aims to improve our understanding of the sustainable management of commercial fisheries and marine mammals.
  • to understand how quantitative data are incorporated into the management frameworks that have been developed to manage direct and indirect effects of human activities.
  • to encourage students to work in small groups to investigate a current topic relating to marine resource management, and to report group findings in the final weeks of the course.

Associated Costs


Further Information & Notes

This course has weekly practicals and a small number of lectures concentrated in the first two weeks. Special lectures will be delivered by marine ecologists, industry consultants and government scientists who are working in relevant aspects applied marine management. The majority of time in the final three weeks will be devoted to independent research and group working supported by weekly meetings to discuss progress. This time gives students the opportunity for self-directed learning and critical thinking related to a particular topic in sustainable management of marine resources.

A willingness to engage in group working is essential.

This course runs in weeks 25-29, and is scheduled in Thread 2, so may have contact hours in any or all of these times: Mondays, 14-18; Tuesday, all day; Friday, 14-18.

Please note, in case of low student enrolments, this course may not run.

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: Continuous assessment (100%). Continuous assessment made of assessments suitable for the problem-based learning exercise, including briefing notes, oral presentations, class participation, tutor and peer assessments of individual contribution to group work.

Formative Assessment

A strong emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback during tutorials, discussions and lecture sessions. Exemplary assessment material from previous years will be available for students to consult. Formative assessment of draft version of the group report is given in practicals conducted in Weeks 3 and 4.


Depending on the assessment the student will receive either individual feedback or feedback on group work. Summative feedback will be provided as written comments. The class will also be given generic feedback regarding strengths and weaknesses.


Course Learning Outcomes


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