The module consists of the Plymouth field course which takes place at the end of Semester 2 (late June to early July) following the examination period.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Plan an oceanographic survey of an estuary or area of coastal sea.
- Work effectively within a group either as leader or member of that group.
- Produce an effective webpage design to communicate scientific method, analysis and discussion
- Write a concise scientific report, describing data analysis and results and comparing them with published material
- Collect and analyse data in such a fashion as to understand the environmental processes operating within the system and understand some of the interactions between them
During the 10-day field course, you will get at least four days sea-time working from a variety of boats collecting samples and data that describe the marine chemistry, physics and biology of the estuarine and coastal environment around Plymouth.
Each group will work from the top of the estuary to about 15 miles offshore during the fieldcourse. By the end of the course a dataset will exist describing the water-column characteristics for 7-10 days.
Each of the undergraduate groups will work with their tutor and other staff to plan and execute each fieldwork day and subsequent sample and data analysis days.
Learning to work within a group, taking a variety of roles and planning your activities within time and facility restrictions are all important skills that you will gain during the course. Group tutorials given during the course which will assist you and your group in producing a clear and informative group logbook and data (assessed), a web based report of your group data and their analysis. An individual holistic report (six pages), describing the estuarine and coastal marine 'system' around Plymouth will be handed in July (assessed).
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Field course: A 10-day field course based at Plymouth, working in the estuary and up to 12 miles offshore. You will work from a variety of vessels from the top of the estuary to 30 km offshore.
Laboratory Sessions: To complement the field sampling, lab sessions will work up the samples taken and analyse these data.
Formal Lectures: Lectures will provide support for group working and time management skills, web page design and presentation skills (PowerPoint), and data analysis.
|Total study time||150|
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Logbook
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.