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SOES1013 Key Skills for Marine Scientists

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of the module are: 1. To introduce students to key marine science skills (including field skills, writing and analysis skills, data manipulation or visualisation, and presentational skills) via small-group and field-based learning. 2. To introduce students to University level study, including academic integrity, referencing and citation, and information searching and management.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Effectively use library resources, including via literature searches, and use of electronic catalogues
  • Demonstrate competence in key field skills including safe boat work, data logging, biological / sedimentological sampling, and chart reading
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate in written and oral formats; and evidence teamworking, time management, study, and self-management skills
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Safely and systematically collect and then present and analyse field data, in the form of a seminar, poster or written report
  • Produce a written report on a topic set by the tutor making use of library resources to support the report.
  • Develop oral presentation skills in reporting back on Easter field course
  • By completion of a compulsory online academic integrity assessment, you will have learnt and know how to employ the SOES protocols associated with referring to the work of other authors in your own pieces of work, i.e. producing reference lists, citing/acknowledging other authors' publications in your written work

Syllabus

This year 1 module introduces students to University study, and key marine science skills and topics, mainly via small-group (tutorial) and field-based learning. Skills covered (depending on degree programme) include fieldwork skills such as safe boat work, data logging, biological / sedimentological sampling, and chart reading, and more generic skills such as writing and analysis skills, research skills, presentational skills, and information searching, citation and management Oceanography and Marine Biology students undertake boatwork and practical marine science training during a field course in the Easter vacation. Ten tutorials are also held over both semesters to introduce students to their degree subjects in greater depth, and develop key subject skills.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Tutorial programme: will further develop generic skills such as scientific writing, information research and oral presentation. Fieldwork: will provide you with a training in marine science fieldwork skills (such as safe boat work, data logging, biological / sedimentological sampling, and chart reading), depending on degree programme. A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.

TypeHours
Independent Study75
Teaching75
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Field course 60%
Tutorial Programme 40%
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