production
Skip to Content

ZO3306: MARINE ECOLOGY AND ECOSYSTEMS (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

• This course will give you a deeper understanding of vital processes in the sea.
• Consideration of key aspects of biological production will provide essential knowledge about how marine ecosystems are fuelled.
• Exploration of the structure and function of marine food webs will give you an appreciation of important differences from terrestrial food webs and how they respond to natural and anthropogenic influences.
• Practical sessions will develop your skills in collecting and using marine ecological data.
• An introduction to the ‘ecosystem-based approach’ will show you how knowledge of marine ecosystem functioning can be applied to managing human activities in the sea.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Philip Smith

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

• This course will give you a deeper understanding of vital processes in the sea.
• Consideration of key aspects of biological production will provide essential knowledge about how marine ecosystems are fuelled.
• Exploration of the structure and function of marine food webs will give you an appreciation of important differences from terrestrial food webs and how they respond to natural and anthropogenic influences.
• Practical sessions will develop your skills in collecting and using marine ecological data.
• An introduction to the ‘ecosystem-based approach’ will show you how knowledge of marine ecosystem functioning can be applied to managing human activities in the sea.


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 Science Laboratory during University weeks 14, 14, 14, 16, 18
  • 2 Science Laboratories during University weeks 18, 18
  • 4 Lectures during University weeks 15, 17
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 14 - 18
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 14 - 18

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

online practicals (50%)

3000 words marine ecosystem status report (50%)

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Students will repeat whichever elements of the assessment were failed or not completed at first sitting; the marks for elements already passed will be carried forwards.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

Compatibility Mode

We have detected that you are have compatibility mode enabled or are using an old version of Internet Explorer. You either need to switch off compatibility mode for this site or upgrade your browser.