Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Recognise the body forms and key species among the major marine phyla and the evolutionary trends that they represent.
- Understand the structure and function of invertebrate animals found in the marine environment.
- Understand the use of classificatory schemes and taxonomic guides.
- Safety awareness and skills: principally, handling of preserved material and dissection tools in a safe manner and associated risk assessments.
- Laboratory-based practical skills: principally recording information in the form of annotated biological drawings and use of microscopes.
- Understand the diversity of marine organisms.
You will be introduced to the structure and function of invertebrate animals found in the marine environment. These will include the marine invertebrate phyla. The relationships between the various groups will be discussed. The theoretical lectures will be aligned with practical work on the boat and/or in the laboratory. You will receive instructions to promote your ability for independent revision and self-studies.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Formal Lectures: will provide an introduction to the form and function of species representing the main invertebrate phyla, as well as some of the 'minor' phyla that are significant in some marine habitats.
Practicals: will exemplify theory and allow you to develop your practical skills in recognising the body forms of the major marine phyla. Instructions will be given in developing biological drawing and illustration skills.
Blackboard: Lecture contents and supporting course material will be made available.
A range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.
Self studies: Students are expected to dedicate a substantial amount of time in revising the course materials and to train their species identification skills in independent self-studies.
|Practical classes and workshops||32|
|Total study time||160|
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.