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SOES6013 Introduction to Biological Oceanography

Module Overview

Introduction to general ecological principles relating to the ocean and description of the ocean environment.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• To provide a basic understanding of the biological processes in the water column and how these are affected by the ambient physicochemical conditions.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the biological oceanography of the pelagic ecosystem.
  • Primary and secondary production.
  • Recycling process.
  • Open ocean, shelf and upwelling production.

Syllabus

Introduction to general ecological principles relating to the ocean and description of the ocean environment. Physical factors influencing primary productivity. Primary production. Breakdown of organic material, and regeneration of nutrients. Oxygen relationships and anoxic conditions. Pelagic secondary production. Food webs. Importance of vertical flux of organics in water column, implications of zooplankton vertical migration to such movement. Behavioural and physiological problems associated with vertical migration in the water column. Fisheries and upwelling, the biology of subtropical gyres and the southern ocean and long term ocean time series plus and introduction to modelling in biological oceanography.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Formal Lectures: Will provide an introduction to the theory underlying biological processes in the marine environment. Each lecture systematically covers the main concepts and topics by the use of PowerPoint presentations, supported by illustrated handout materials. The lecturers’ own experience in this field is incorporated where possible. Appropriate references to parts of course textbooks and introductory journal references are provided at each lecture. Suggested links are provided during each lecture to useful illustrative web pages. A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs

TypeHours
Lecture18
Independent Study57
Total study time75

Resources & Reading list

Miller, C.B (2004). Biological Oceanography. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Theory Examination (80%): A 90 minute written examination. Two questions from a choice of five to be answered. Short Boat Work Report (20%): A 2 page report based on biological measurements made during MSc boat work in Southampton water. Additional support can be provided for those students who have further or specific needs.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Report 20%
Theory examination  (90 minutes) 80%
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