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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: C1F7
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : D*DD
Lecture

Module details

Programme Year One

The required modules in Year One provide grounding in Ocean Sciences and Marine Biology, as well as developing essential and transferrable skills. Optional modules are available in biology and ecology. There are fieldwork opportunities in Ocean Sciences and Marine Biology in Year 1.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Study Skills (ocean Sciences) (ENVS103)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    1. To train students to make observations, collect and record data using basic oceanographic and meterological equipment.

    2. ​To improve students'' oral and written communication skills, including their ability to reference correctly. 
    3. ​To improve students'' numerical skills, specifically in statistics.
    4. To enthuse students about ocean sciences through reading and discussing topics selected for oral presentation.
    Learning Outcomes​ Write an essay and reference correctly.​Quantitatively summarise, synthesise and interpret data collected during fieldwork.  ​Communicate effectively to their peers
  • Climate, Atmosphere and Oceans (ENVS111)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    Introduce the climate system, the atmosphere and ocean:

    • Address how the climate system varies and how climate is controlled by radiative forcing;
    • How the structure of the atmosphere is determined and how the atmosphere circulates;
    • How the structure of the ocean is determined and how the ocean circulates;
    • How the atmosphere and ocean vary together.
    • How the past state of the climate system is affected by the ocean circulation
    Learning Outcomes

    1. Knowledge and Understanding
     

    a. Understand how physical processes operate within the climate system, the atmosphere and the ocean.

    b. Appreciate the complexity of the climate system, the effect of radiative forcing, the concept of feedbacks, how rotation affects the circulation; the differences between currents and waves.

    c. Gain awareness of the similarities and differences between the atmosphere and ocean.​

    2. Intellectual Abilities
     

    a. To be able to evaluate the relative importance of different physical processes in the climate system

    b. To develop critical skills in transferring insight gained from one problem to another problem, such as how the atmosphere circulates from one planet to another planet.​

    3. Subject Based Practical Skills
     

    a. Perform simple order of magnitude calculations and make inferences from the results.

    b. Understand the use of dimensions.​

    ​​​​​​

    4. General Transferable Skills
     

    a. Application of numbers, involving order of magnitudes and dimensions.

    b. Time management.

    c. Problem solving.​

  • Marine Biology: Life in the Seas and Oceans (ENVS121)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    This module will introduce students to the main groups of organisms found in the marine environment. Students will encounter these groups in subsequent modules and field studies and gaining a familiarity with them in this module will enable them to recognise them and understand their role in marine ecosystems. 


    Learning Outcomes​Acquire knowledge and understanding on the taxonomic and functional diversity of marine life.

    ​Develop the ability to recognise the major groups of marine organisms using their key features

    ​Experience how to examine marine organisms and understand their functional biology using different kinds of specimens and approaches. 

    ​Recognise the adaptational solutions to functional problems adopted by marine organisms

  • Introduction to Marine Biogeochemistry (ENVS158)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
    1. To introduce students to marine chemistry of the major and trace elements.
    2. To demonstrate the dynamic relationship between the chemical ocean environment and biological processes.
    3. To identify the main ocean basins and main oceanic transport routes of chemical species
    4. To teach the necessary practical skills for oceanographic sampling and measurement of chemical species.
    Learning Outcomes1. Students will be able to identify ocean basins, their major characteristics and transport pathways.

    2. Students will gain knowledge of the sources and distributions of major and minor elements in the ocean, including dissolved gases, nutrients and carbon.​

    3. Students will understand the chemical and biological processes that control the distribution of major and minor elements including dissolved gases, nutrients and carbon.​

    ​3. Students will recognize the form and function of different components of the marine ecosystem including viruses, bacteria, phytoplankton and zooplankton. ​

    ​4. Students will be able to synthesis knowledge of key biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus to understand how they are linked in the modern and past ocean environment. 

    5. Students will know how to measure key properties of the ocean and interpret why they vary in space and time

  • Laboratory and Field Techniques for [marine and Terrestial] Ecologists (ENVS171)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting20:80
    Aims

    ​This practical module will provide training in a range of ecological skills in a series of field exercises around Liverpool and on a residential field course to SW Wales. The skills used will have a wide application to many fields of environmental science including modern biology, ecology and physical geography. Techniques taught include identification of plants and animals, communities and measurement of selected ecological processes. You will learn quantitative skills in field ecology and how they can be used to solve fundamental and applied problems. You will also learn quite a lot of ecology at the same time.

    Learning Outcomes

    Apply a quantitative approach to field science

    ​Work safely under lab and field conditions

    ​Describe plant and animal communities and relate these to environmental factors

    ​Sample plant and animal communities and relate these to environmental factors

    ​Appreciate landscape and ecological features

    ​Measure and understand the relevance of ecological processes

    ​Identify selected plants and animals

    ​Investigate animal behaviour

  • Marine Ecosystems: Diversity, Processes and Threats (ENVS122)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting55:45
    Aims

    This module aims to introduce students to the diversity of ecosystem types in the marine environment and the various threats that they face. 

    Learning Outcomes

    Acquire knowledge and understanding of representative key ecosystems found in the marine environment.

      ​Be familiar with the marine organisms that live in representative key marine ecosystems.

      ​Acquire a basic knowledge of fundamental ecological principles, transferable to later marine and non-marine modules.

      ​Be aware of the threats that humans may pose to marine ecosystems.

      ​Appreciate how humans assess and may mitigate detrimental impacts to the environment.

      ​Be introduced to the importance to their future studies of critical reading of scientific literature.

    Year One Optional Modules

    • Mathematics and Physics for Environmental Scientists (ENVS117)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      To provide students with   

      1) A grounding in the basic physics relevant to processes in the atmosphere, ocean and solid earth.

      2) Practical experience in the application of mathematical methods to the solution of problems in physical processes in the environment.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​At the end of the module a student shoudl be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the basic physics relevant to processes in the atmosphere, ocean and solid earth.

      ​At the end of the module the student should be able to      

      a) judge which is the correct formula or equation to use under particular circumstances.

      b) demonstrate skills in the application of mathematical methods to the solution of problems in physical processes in the environment

      At the end of the module a student should be able to      

      a) do simple estimations by hand

      b) do arithmetic using a calculator

      c) rearrange algebraic formulae to make the required quantity the subject

      d) insert values in a formula and calculate the correct answer

      e) sketch simple mathematical curves by inspection of the formula

      f) differentiate and integrate simple mathematical functions

    • Environmental Chemistry (ENVS153)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      This module aims to provide a basic understanding of chemistry relevant for environmental sciences.


      Learning Outcomes

      a. describe the structure of an atom, its electronic configuration and predict some of its chemical behaviour based on its position in the periodic table;​

      ​b. understand the inter andintramolecular forces that bond molecules and atoms together to form "matter", and thusexplain why for instance water is a liquid atroom temperature while oxygen is a gas;​

      ​c. name chemical compounds, write balanced chemical reactions and understand howthe amount of products and reactants can be predicted;​

      ​d. understand whatoxidation numbers and redox reactions are and relate those to someenvironmental processes;

      ​e. understand basics of aquatic chemistry such aspH, concentration, dilution; understand energy changes in chemical reactions;​

      ​f. be aware of the basics of organicbiogeochemistry.​

    • Ecology and Conservation (ENVS157)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      AimsUsing certain key themes, to introduce students to the complex and multifaceted nature of environmental issues and ecological science, particularly stressing the interrelationships between their biophysical and human dimensions.

      To encourage students to manage their own learning.

      Learning Outcomes An appreciation of the complexities and multifaceted nature of environmental issues.



      ​An understanding of land-use change, its history, the main drivers and their interactions.

      ​An overview of natural disasters and irreversible environmental change.

      ​An introduction to the politics of natural resources and energy.

      ​A basic understanding of ecological principles.

      ​An understanding of the complexities of conserving biodiversity.

      ​An understanding of the scientific debate about evidence for global climate change, the possible socio-economic impacts of various climate change scenarios, and possible ameliorative measures.

    • Molecules and Cells (LIFE101)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      After successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

      1. Recognise the basic of structure, composition and function of cells;
      2. Explain core concepts relating to the organisation and specialisation of eukaryotes, prokaryotes and viruses;
      3. Define the cellular components involved in the regulation of key functions such as the generation of energy, movement, cell growth and division and differentiation;
      4. Describe the latest techniques that are used in cell biology to determine cell structure and function;
      5. Develop in students the knowledge and understanding of the subject and the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems.
      Learning Outcomes

      On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

      1. Describe how cells arose and their structural features;
      2. Compare and contrast eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells;
      3. Identify the different ways cells manipulate energy;
      4. Define the molecular basis of the processes by which cells grow, replicate, communicate, interact with their environment, move and die;
      5. Describe the functional importance of cell specialisation and cooperation in tissues.
    • Applied Genetic and Molecular Technologies (LIFE108)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      AimsThis module aims to:
      1. Provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the structure of nucleic acids and how these molecules encode the properties of cells;
      2. Develop knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms that lead to inheritance in offspring;
      3. Equip students tobe able to describe the basic techniques that are used to experimentally clone genes and analyse their structure and function;
      4. Develop students'' knowledge and understanding in genetics and molecular biology, and their ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems, in these disciplines. 
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      Learning Outcomes

      Explain the molecular processes that occur to produce variation in the offspring;

      and how to interpret Mendelian and non-Mendelian patterns of inheritance;

      ​Explain how to apply molecular technologies to isolate and characterise nucleic acids and design and interpret basic experiments to clone and analyse genes;

      ​Show how molecular biology technologies might be used to solve problems in biology, food security, veterinary science and medicine;

      ​Develop an appreciation of the ethical issues associated with genetic and molecular technologies.

    • Ecology and the Global Environment (LIFE120)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims
    • This module aims to:

      Describe the physical and chemical contexts of the biosphere, the cycling of important elements at different scales, the distribution of biomes and the ecosystem concept;

    • Discuss ecological concepts such as succession, niche, food web theory, ecosystem stability and the impact of human activities;
    • Explain conservation of biodiversity at a range of scales.
    • Develop knowledge and understanding in ecology, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems.
    • Learning Outcomes​Identify a range of global problems facing mankind that have ecological origins;
      Link each of these problems to key ecological concepts;Recognize how interactions of individuals, populations and communities with the physico-chemical environment contribute to determining species distributions and abundance, and to the flows of energy and nutrients;

      Identify the demographic forces underlying the growth and size of populations and the determination of biodiversity.

    Programme Year Two

    In Year 2, there is an emphasis on the development of practical, analytical and numerical skills through training in fieldwork, laboratory skills and practical oceanography. There is an opportunity for students to be trained in the industry standard software used in Ocean Sciences, Matlab. There are fieldwork opportunities in Ocean Sciences and Marine Biology in Year 2.

    Year Two Compulsory Modules

    • Research Skills (ecology) (ENVS204)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      This module develops students'' understanding and appreciation of Ecology and Marine Biology by developing subject-specific research and employability skills. The module focusses on four specific aims:

      1. Devleop capacity to conduct research projects, through training in research methods, data analysis and transferable skills.
      2. Teach and practice critical thinking and writing skills to prepare students for subsequent years of study.
      3. Plan for summer vacation activity.
      4. Plan for future careers and enhance employability.
      Learning Outcomes​Build knowledge of the fields of ecology and marine biology
      Develop experience in planning, executing and completing a research project
      Understand how to evaluate scientific literature

      ​Improve personal employability skills

    • Marine Ecology Field Studies (ENVS215)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      This module aims to provide students with knowledge of the flora and fauna typical of temperate marine intertidal systems, such that they are able to identify key species, as well as gaining the skills to identify unknown individuals with appropriate reference materials. In doing so, students will develop their understanding of how the patterns in distribution of organisms relate to biotic and abiotic factors

      Field-based studies allow students to develop and enhance many of the generic skills (for example, team working, problem solving, self-management and interpersonal relationships) which are of value to the world of work and active citizenship. This module will therefore widen access to a range of professions that require these core skills, increasing the overall employability of our students.

      Finally, students will learn how to communicate their findings through a range of techniques commonly used in scientific and other workplaces (e.g. oral presentations and handouts, research notebooks, accessible information guides) to complements media found elswhere in the programme. 
      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students will be able to recognise key species of temperate intertidal flora and fauna and to identify individuals using reference material and/or keys.

      ​Students will be able to work together in a small group as a functioning team to research and present their findings on their group project.

      ​Students will be able to record and then describe patterns in the distribution of species and communities from the field, and to then relate these patterns to key biotic and abiotic factors.

      ​Students will be able to communicate the findings of their work both independently and as a member of a small group using a range of formats.

      ​Students will be able to independently research and put together an accessible guide suitable to a wide audience with limited supervision.

    • Life in A Dynamic Ocean (ENVS265)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims
      • To gain an appreciation of how ecosystems in the ocean are intricately linked to their physical fluid environment
      • To understand how microbial life is affected by molecular diffusion and turbulence
      • To understand the challenges faced by microscopic life in the viscous fluid of the ocean
      • To address how mean flows in the ocean can be vital in the life stages of larger marine organisms
      • To appreciate the global differences in plankton communities, and the underlying reasons for those differences
      • To understand the problem of how community diversity is maintained in the ocean, and the current theories attempting to explain this diversity
      Learning Outcomes

       Students will gain a broad understanding of how different plankton communities arise in different oceanic regimes, and how that ultimately structures food chains to larger marine animals.

      ​Students will be able to compare quantitatively the scales of different processes, and critically assess their relative importance for life in the ocean.

      ​Students will strengthen, and acquire new, skills in quantifying physical-biological drivers of ecosystems.

      ​Students will learn the important of a multi-disciplinary approach on marine biology and gain experience in solving novel problems.

    • Oceanography of Estuaries and Shelf Seas (ENVS266)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      Provide students with a quantitative understanding of some key oceanographic concepts, applied to coastal seas.

      Provide students with knowledge of how the oceanography of a coastal sea supports biological production.

      Allow students to gain experience in the use of a simple computer model to design and carry out experiments on coastal oceanography.

      Provide students with practical experience of making basic, useful calculations applied to coastal oceanography.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students will acquire knowledge of key concepts in coastal oceanography​​

      ​Students will learn to appreciate the need to consider a theory''s underlying assumptions when testing its appropriateness as an explanation for a phenomenon​

      ​Students will develop skills in framing testable hypotheses.​

      ​Students will acquire experience in the use of a simple computer model in testing a hypothesis.​

      ​Students will gain experience in reaching quantified answers to problems in the coastal ocean.​

      ​Students will develop an understanding of how the physics and biology of a coastal sea are linked​

    Year Two Optional Modules

    • Key Skills for Environmental Data Analysis (ENVS202)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To develop skills in environmental data analysis by applying the Matlab computing package to process, analyse and plot data.

      To develop a critical approach to the results of data analysis.


      Learning Outcomes

      1. Knowledge and Understanding
       

      At the end of the module the student should

      a) know how to write a program script in Matlab

      b) know how to process and plot ocean and climate data​ using Matlab


      2. Intellectual Abilities
       

      At the end of the module the student should be able to:

      a) know how to construct problems and use problem solving skills.

      b) analyse and interpret signals in environmental data.

      c) implement programming methods used for simple models and time-series analysis

      d) synthesise information from their own data analysis and the literature into a written report​

      3. Subject Based Practical Skills
       

      At the end of the module the student should be able to:

      a) how to synthesize concepts across environmental science

      b) write a computer program to analyse and plot environmental data​

      ​​​​


      4. General Transferable Skills
       

      At the end of the module, the student should have:

      a) Gain ability in formulating problems and acquiring order of magnitude solutions

      b) Gained computing skills and familiarity with computing methods and programming

      c) Developed written communication through the writing of reports

    • Marine Ecology Field Studies (ENVS215)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      This module aims to provide students with knowledge of the flora and fauna typical of temperate marine intertidal systems, such that they are able to identify key species, as well as gaining the skills to identify unknown individuals with appropriate reference materials. In doing so, students will develop their understanding of how the patterns in distribution of organisms relate to biotic and abiotic factors

      Field-based studies allow students to develop and enhance many of the generic skills (for example, team working, problem solving, self-management and interpersonal relationships) which are of value to the world of work and active citizenship. This module will therefore widen access to a range of professions that require these core skills, increasing the overall employability of our students.

      Finally, students will learn how to communicate their findings through a range of techniques commonly used in scientific and other workplaces (e.g. oral presentations and handouts, research notebooks, accessible information guides) to complements media found elswhere in the programme. 
      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students will be able to recognise key species of temperate intertidal flora and fauna and to identify individuals using reference material and/or keys.

      ​Students will be able to work together in a small group as a functioning team to research and present their findings on their group project.

      ​Students will be able to record and then describe patterns in the distribution of species and communities from the field, and to then relate these patterns to key biotic and abiotic factors.

      ​Students will be able to communicate the findings of their work both independently and as a member of a small group using a range of formats.

      ​Students will be able to independently research and put together an accessible guide suitable to a wide audience with limited supervision.

    • Sampling the Ocean (ENVS220)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      To provide students with 

      a) Understanding of the methods used to measure and analyse physical and biogeochemical quantities in the ocean.

      b)The skills to be able to the process and analyse oceanographic data in order to understand processes in the ocean.
      Learning Outcomes

       

      1. Knowledge and Understanding:

      At the end of the module a student should be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the following techniques:

      a) Navigation;

      b) Measurements of temperature, salinity;

      c) Measurements of currents – both direct and indirect methods;

      d) Remote sensing;

      e) Chlorophyll analysis

      f) Nutrient Analysis; 

      g) Oxygen Analysis

      h) Analysis of Particles

      i) Data quality/analysis techniques including:

                (i) Manipulation of CTD and current data.

                (ii) Calculation of water column propoerties from discrete sampling.

                (iii) Calibration of instrumentation using distrete samples.

              

      ​2. IntellectualAbilities:


      At the end of themodule a student should be able toevaluate the quality and significance of oceanographic data.


      ​3. Subject BasedPractical Skills:


      At the end of themodule a student should be able to apply skills in:


      a) Processingand analysing hydrographic data,


      b) Processingand analysing current meter data ,


      c) Calculatingcurrents from indirect measurements and hydrographic data,


      d) Interpretingremote sensing data,


      e) Analysis ofnutrient, oxygen and particulate samples


      f) Interpretingnutrient, oxygen and particulate data


      g) Planning cruise tracks.


    • Statistics for Environmental Scientists (ENVS222)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      This module provides training in statistics for environmental scientists. We emphasize the use of software to analyze real environmental data. We do not assume extensive prior knowledge. We will teach the essential theory alongside the practical components.

      Learning Outcomes

      make sense of the statistical terms that appear in scientific papers and the media


      ​summarize data using graphs, tables, and numerical summaries

      ​choose appropriate statistical methods to answer research questions

      use statistical software to apply these methods, and interpret the output

    • Marine Pollution (ENVS232)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      ·         To introduce students to the main anthropogenic stressors, their effects and importance on the marine system;

      ·         To develop an awareness of the current problems;

      ·         To train students in literature search and reading of scientific papers;

      ·         To enhance writing and communication skills.

      Learning Outcomes​​Students will gain an understanding and awareness of the various types of stressors that affect the marine system.

      ​​Students will be trained in browsing and searching Web of science to produce a research related poster 

    • Marine Ecophysiology, Ecology and Exploitation (ENVS251)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting55:45
      Aims

      This module aims to provide studentswith essential background in marine ecology, ecophysiology and resourceexploitation required for study at higher levels. Students will also develop theability to evaluate and critique the scientific literature, as well as theability to draw in relevant information from multiple topics areas to address This module aims to provide studentswith essential background in marine ecology, ecophysiology and resourceexploitation required for study at higher levels. Students will also develop theability to evaluate and critique the scientific literature, as well as theability to draw in relevant information from multiple topics areas to address multi-disciplinarytopics.


      Learning Outcomes

      Be familiar with some key physiological adaptations necessary to survive in the marine environment​

      ​Understand the imporance of ​​​​​some key ecological concepts that underpin the stucturing of marine communities

      ​Develop a basic understanding of key human activities that can affect individuals, populations and communities of marine animals 

      ​Develop the ability to read and critically evaluate scientific papers

      ​Develop the ability to research, plan and write essay questions that tackle multi-disciplinary issues (using material from across the module as necessary)

    • Advanced Techniques in Zoology (LIFE230)
      Level2
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims
      1. To provide students with practical experience of a number of techniques used in zoology

      2. ​To develop students’ ability to plan and execute experiments and to use appropriate controls

      3. To develop knowledge and understanding in zoology, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve zoological problems.

      Learning OutcomesTo present, evaluate critically and interpret qualitative and quantitative zoological data, and record procedures and protocols
      ​To plan and execute a series of experiments employing techniques used in zoology, use laboratory equipment correctly and safely to generate data 

      ​To analyse data, interpret validity and apply statistical analyses

       

    Programme Year Three

    In Year 3, there is an emphasis on the development of skills in research and critical analysis through the independent research project and tutorials covering current hot topics in Ocean and Climate Sciences. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of ocean circulation and the carbon cycle. There are fieldwork opportunities in Ocean Sciences and Marine Biology in Year 3.

    Year Three Compulsory Modules

    • Honours Project - Ecology & Environment / Marine Biology (ENVS305)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To provide individual experience in the planning, design and execution of a research project in a defined topic, that may be based on laboratory work, field work, data analysis, or modelling.

      Learning Outcomes

      On completion of the project, students should be able to demonstrate the following skills:

      Organisational

      • Plan and implement an original research project
      • Design and plan subsequent work to extend initial findings and gain some independence in these activities
      • Demonstrate time management skills
      • Act responsibly and display commitment to the work

      Practical

      • Recognise hazards and follow safe and ethical working practices
      • Demonstrate skills in an appropriate range of research techniques
      • Generate and record reliable data/information

      Intellectual

      • Display familiarity with the background literature to the project
      • Appreciate the aims and learning outcomes of the project
      • Analyse, interpret and evaluate observations/data/information and draw conclusions
      • Appreciate the relevance of the project''s findings in the wider context of the scientific literature

      Communication

      • Interact with academic staff, research staff and students
      • Maintain an accurate, comprehensive and intelligible record of methods, observations/data/information
      • Produce Preliminary and Final word processed reports and give an oral presentation using PowerPoint
    • Ocean Sciences Research Project (ENVS377)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To develop skills in all aspects of research in ocean sciences, including

      a) literature searching, review and appraisal,

      b) design of experiments or models,

      c) practical and computing skills,

      d) collection and/or manipulation of data,

      e) construction of scientific hypotheses,

      f) oral communication and report writing.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Plan, organise and undertake a programme of research.

      ​Make observations of data, reflect on outcomes and adjust the research
          design if necessary.

      ​Interpret, critically evaluate and present the data.

      ​Complete a scientific report of the research planned and undertaken

    • Contemporary Issues in Ecology and Marine Biology (ENVS301)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting30:70
      Aims

      This module aims to develop a number of skills, attributes and experiences required by graduates in ecology and marine biology. The Overseas Trip develops self-confidence, interpersonal communication skills adaptability and initiative through travel. Field Studies Council Courses provide specialist identification skills useful in the workplace. The Honours Field Course increases experience of the variety of UK biota and further develops the ability to carry out an independent research project. Research Seminar and Tutorials broaden experience of current research and policy in the fields of ecology, conservation, biodiversity and marine biology. 

      Learning OutcomesAn advanced ability to design, execute and report on a research project. 

      ​Increased confidence to plan and work independently. 

      ​Develop an awareness of the current state of the students'' Honours fields

      ​Develop communcation skills, both interpersonal and written. 

    • Sea Practical (ENVS349)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The aim of this module is to teach basic field skills in laboratory work and ship work including:

      a) safety at sea,

      b) ship''s operation,

      c) physical oceanographic and meteorological measurement,

      d) chemical sampling and

      e) analysis of water and sediment samples and

      f) interpretation of physical, chemical and biological oceanographic data from a coastal sea.

      Learning Outcomes
      1. Knowledge and Understanding:
       

      On completion of the module students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of

      a) safety at sea,

      b) ship''s operation,

      c) how physical oceanographic and meteorological measurements are made,

      d) how to take water and sediment samples,

      e) how to analyse water and sediment samples,

      f) oceanographic conditions in the study area. 



       



       

       

      ​2. Intellectual Abilities:

      At the end of the module the student should be able to apply skills in

      a) devising marine sampling strategies

      b) evaluating the quality and significance of marine data

      c) evaluating publicly available meteorological data



      ​3. Subject Based Practical Skills:

      At the end of the module students should be able to apply skills in work at sea and ashore including:

      a) physical oceanographic and meteorological measurement,

      b) chemical sampling and

      c) analysis of water and sediment samples.


    • Marine Sciences - Special Topics (ENVS366)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      To promote engagement, discussions and raise the overall awareness of the most topical research issues in Marine Sciences.

      Learning Outcomes

      Gain a broad and detailed knowledge of some of the main research issues in marine sciences.

                 

      ​Improve critical reading of scientific literature.

       

       

      ​Gain/Practice Transferable Communication Skills: Reporting the main research findings on topics (through a number of different media including oral presentation, poster presentation, essay) to an audience of their peers and academic staff.

    Year Three Optional Modules

    • Surviving the Marine Environment: Adaptation, Behaviour and Conservation (ENVS310)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      ​This module aims to foster a broad understanding of contemporary theory in behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology and ecophysiology, with special reference to the marine environment. We will consider processes that operate at scales from individuals to populations and consider implications of these processes for the conservation of marine species and ecosystems.

      Learning OutcomesAppreciate the diversity of behavioural, life-history, genetic and phenotypic adaptations that are adopted by a variety of marine organisms;

      Understand the costs and benefits of these behavioural and life-history strategies of different marine species;

      Understand the various processes that drive evolution in the marine environment;

      Have experience of the relevance of evolutionary processes to contemporary marine science and biological conservation.​

    • Ocean Dynamics (ENVS332)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      To gain a high level understanding of ocean and atmospheric dynamics:

      • To understand the background state of the atmosphere and ocean;
      • To address how tracers spread;
      • To understand the effects of rotation and how jets and eddies form on a rotating planet;
      • To understand how waves influence and interact with the ocean circulation;
      • To understand why there are western boundary currents and gyres in ocean basins;
      • To understand how topography shapes the deep ocean circulation over the globe.
      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students will acquire knowledge of key concepts in ocean and atmosphere dynamics.

      ​Students will learn to appreciate the approximate nature of theoretical ideas, and the strengths and weaknesses of such ideas as explanations of observed phenomena.

      ​Students will develop mathematical skills in scale analysis of differential equations to isolate the essential phenomena.

      ​Students will acquire experience in combining quantitative and qualitative understanding of dynamics to give clear explanations of observed phenomena in the ocean and atmosphere.

      ​Students will develop an understanding of the factors controling fluid flows on a range of rotating planets.

    • Global Carbon Cycle (ENVS335)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      To provide students with a view of the ocean carbon cycle as a dynamic system.

      To give students an appreciation of the importance of chemical and biological processes in controlling the distribution of carbon in the ocean.

      To provide students with an in depth understanding of the carbon cycle from the surface ocean, to the deep ocean and sediments, and the impact environmental change may have on it.

      Learning Outcomes

      Students will learn how physical, chemical and biological process control the transfer of carbon between the atmosphere, ocean and land, and the distribution of carbon species between these environments

      Students will understand the role and significance that the ocean plays in the global cycling of carbon

      ​Students will understand the pathways involved in cycling of inorganic and organic carbon between land and the ocean and the surface and deep ocean, with emphasis on the solubility, carbonate and biological pumps

      ​Students will understand how stable isotopes can be used to study the carbon cycle and how it has varied in Earth''s history

      ​Students will understand how environmental change is perturbing the global carbon cycle in the present day. Topics covered will include ocean acidification and changes in the surface temperature

    • Marine Ecology: Theory and Applications (ENVS383)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
      Aims

      To develop the connections between ecological theory and the management of marine communities and ecosystems. The theory covered will mostly be concerned with the dynamics and diversity of communities and ecosystems.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​evaluate the major ecological theories underlying the dynamics and diversity of marine communities and ecosystems.

      ​relate problems in marine conservation and resource exploitation to these ecological concepts.

      ​use appropriate methods to assess the consequences of environmental change and management for marine communities and ecosystems.

      ​recognize the importance of ecological theory in underpinning scientific advice to management.

    • Coastal Environments: Spatial and Temporal Change (ENVS376)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      This module aims to consider the response of physical processes and coastal environments to changes in sea-level and climate. Attention is given to the geomorphology of coastal environments, its response to external agents, as well as to possible coastal managment strategies. The module aims at proving students with knowledge and understanding of the physical processes acting along coastal areas, and to promote students capability to critically understand pros and cons of different managment tecniques in relation to future climate change.

      Learning Outcomes

      Knowledge and understanding of physical aspects of coastal environments

      ​​Knowledge and understanding of the concept of spatial and temporal variation: physical processes and landforms, and the importance of spatial and temporal scales

      ​​Knowledge and understanding of environments as a result of process and form interaction

      ​​Knowledge and understanding of methodologies of analysis and interpretation

      ​Development of an informed concern for the Earth and its people

      ​Capability to critically analyze real case studies in the context of previously acquired knowledge

    • Climate Change - A Critical Review (ENVS389)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      The module aims to provide students with the knowledge to evaluate likely outcomes climate change and climate variability over the next 100 years, to understand policy decisions at different levels, to obtain a critical understanding of climate predictions, and to understand the importance of reference to past and present climates.

      Learning Outcomes

      Evaluate a range of future climate change projections.​

      ​Recognise the likely impacts of climate change to a range of sectors.


      ​Learn how to engage with stakeholder communities with regard to climate change. 


      Produce effectively targeted report writing and visual communication​.

      ​Consider the multiple sector impact of climate change on societies

    • Advanced Topics in Ecology (LIFE337)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • ​To describe modern approaches to long-standing ecological issues

    • ​To introduce current research in the expanding areas of ecology

    • To develop students'' knowledge and deep understanding in key areas of ecology and an ability to apply, critically evaluate, and interpret this knowledge to solve complex ecological problems​

    • Learning Outcomes

      ​To assess how a range of biotic and abiotic processes can act, and interact, to drive ecological dynamics and the structure and assembly of communities

      ​To evaluate predictions associated with relationships between organisms and their environment at a range of spatial and trophic scales

      To explain how current key concepts can be used to understand, and manage, ecosystems

    The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


    Teaching and Learning

    Teaching takes place through lectures, practicals, workshops, seminars, tutorials and computer based learning, with an emphasis on learning through doing. The award-winning £23 million Central Teaching Laboratories provides a state-of-the-art facility for undergraduate practical work.

    Students value the learning opportunities provided by field classes, including the rapid feedback on performance. You will typically receive at least 15 hours of formal teaching each week. Between 30 and 100 hours of fieldwork and hands-on activities are provided each year depending on the discipline.

    A typical module might involve two or three one-hour lectures each week, and often a three- hour laboratory or computer-based practical as well. Tutorials typically involve groups of 4-7 students meeting with a member of staff at least every two weeks in Year One and Two. In Year Three, you will undertake an Honours project, which is a piece of independent research (field, laboratory or data analysis) on a topic of your choice, supervised by a member of staff. In Years Three and Four students meet with their project supervisor on a weekly or more frequent basis. As you progress through your degree, you will be increasingly challenged to engage with current debates, to think critically and to study independently.

    A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and field work. The field work is carried out in various locations, ranging from inner city to coastal and mountainous environments. We consider applications from prospective students with disabilities on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address barriers to access.