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SOES1013 Key Skills for Marine Scientists

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

1. To introduce students to key marine science skills (including field skills, writing and analysis skills, data manipulation and visualisation, as well as presentational skills) via lectures, 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, taking samples and logging data together with basic navigation skills
  • Record successful certificated training in first aid and basic sea survival
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate in written and oral formats; and evidence teamworking, time management, study, and self-management skills
  • Write scientific essay/reports, where appropriate utilising software such as Excel and Sigmaplot to collate and visualise data
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Produce a written report on a topic set by the tutor making use of library resources to support the report
  • Safely and systematically collect and then present and analyse field data, in the form of a seminar, poster or written report during the Easter fieldcourse
  • 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


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, but with some conventional lectures. Skills covered include fieldwork skills such as safe boat work, data logging, basic navigation, weather forecasting, seawater chemistry and sediment analyses and more generic skills such as writing and analysis skills, use of key software such as excel and sigmaplot, research skills, presentational skills, and information searching, citation and management Students undertake boatwork and practical marine science training as well as certification in first aid and basic sea survival 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). A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.

Independent Study75
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Field course 60%
Tutorial Programme 40%


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:


There are no additional costs associated with this module.

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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