Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Have an appreciation of the main evolutionary trends that can be found in marine species.
- Subject-specific Skills: knowledge of basic functional biology and practical lab skills in manipulation of simple laboratory equipment and the acquisition of raw data, its analysis and presentation of final results
- Have some knowledge of basic laboratory measurements.
- Describe the basic physiological another functional characteristics of marine organisms.
- To collect practical data, analyse it and write a report.
- Generic skills: report writing
- Relate the form and function of a marine organism to its habitat,
Topics include eco-physiological adaptations to life in extreme environments (polar and deep sea), basic neurophysiology and comparative neurobiology, macroecology of reproduction, growth and development in marine invertebrates including evolutionary patterns and bottlenecks in response to environmental cues and feeding, immunology and parasitology, barobiology and bioemechanics.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Formal Lectures: 20 lectures will provide an introduction to the theory underlying the course. Each lecture systematically covers the main concepts and topics by the use of PowerPoint presentations that are also available on Blackboard and hardcopy handouts. Where relevant, lecturers’ own research experience in the appropriate fields is brought into the lecturing sessions. References to relevant textbooks and/or journal articles are provided as essential reading for each lecture via Blackboard.
Practical Class (3 x 3 hours): will provide you with an understanding the characteristics of major biological processes and the practicalities of simple biological measurements.
Workshop Class (5 x 3 hours): will introduce students to the basics of experimental design, data handling and related statistical methods.
Revision Class: The last lecture slot provides an opportunity for students to aim specific questions about the parts of the course not fully understood.
A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.
|Practical classes and workshops||21|
|Total study time||140|
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.