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SOES1007 Marine Invertebrates

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• To introduce you to the structure and function of plants and animals found in the marine environment. • To extend your knowledge of the diversity of marine organisms. • To develop your knowledge and use of classificatory schemes and taxonomic guides. • To provide practical experience in recognising the body forms of the major marine phyla and the evolutionary trends that they represent.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the structure and function of 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 of the major marine phyla and the evolutionary trends that they represent.
  • Laboratory-based practical skills: principally recording information in the form of annotated diagrams/photographs and use of both stereo and compound microscopes.
  • Safety awareness and skills: principally, handling of preserved material in a safe manner.

Syllabus

You will be introduced to the structure and function of plants and animals found in the marine environment. These will include the algae, protozoa, Porifera, Cnidaria, Annelida, Mollusca, Crustacea, Echinodermata and the lesser invertebrate phyla. The relationships between the various groups will be discussed. The module will be practically based in the laboratory.

Special Features

Only available to students within Ocean and Earth Science. Designed primarily for Marine Biology students: other OES students by arrangement

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Formal Lectures: will provide an introduction to the form and function of species of the algae and 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. Instruction will be given in developing basic drawing and recording skills. Blackboard: A self-assessment exercise containing short-answer questions provides feedback on progress during the course and practice for the final examination. A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.

TypeHours
Lecture24
Practical classes and workshops41
Independent Study95
Total study time160

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 15%
Examination 50%
Examination 35%
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