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SOES1007 Marine Invertebrates

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the structure and function of invertebrate animals found in the marine environment.
  • Understand the diversity of marine organisms.
  • Understand the use of classificatory schemes and taxonomic guides.
  • Recognise the body forms and key species among the major marine phyla and the evolutionary trends that they represent.
  • Laboratory-based practical skills: principally recording information in the form of annotated biological drawings and use of microscopes.
  • Safety awareness and skills: principally, handling of preserved material and dissection tools in a safe manner and associated risk assessments.


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.

Independent Study110
Practical classes and workshops32
Total study time160



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Anything else not covered elsewhere

Cost for purchase of specimen for dissection exercise to replace damaged demonstration material. Replacement of dissection and microscopy materials and equipment if required.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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