Marine Biology with Oceanography BSc (Hons)

Key information


Lecture

Module details

Due to the impact of COVID-19 we're changing how the course is delivered.

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

  • Climate, Atmosphere and Oceans (ENVS111)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    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 in affecting the present and past climate system.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) Intellectual Abilities

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

    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.

    (LO3) Subject Based Practical Skills

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

    b. Understand the use of dimensions.

    (LO4) General Transferable Skills

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

    b. Time management.

    c. Problem solving.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

  • Laboratory and Field Techniques for [marine and Terrestial] Ecologists (ENVS171)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This practical module will provide training in a range of ecological skills in a series of field exercises, either in person, or through online equivalent exercises, as necessary. 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

    (LO1) Apply a quantitative approach to field science

    (LO2) Work safely under lab and field conditions

    (LO3) Describe plant and animal communities and relate these to environmental factors

    (LO4) Appreciate methods used in sampling plant and animal communities and relating patterns in these communities to environmental factors

    (LO5) Appreciate landscape and ecological features

    (LO6) Measure and understand the relevance of ecological processes

    (LO7) Identify selected plants and animals

    (LO8) Investigate animal behaviour

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Numeracy

    (S4) Organisational skills

  • Marine Biology: Life in the Seas and Oceans (ENVS121)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    This module will introduce students to the main groups of organisms found in the marine environment. Students will develop knowledge of the taxonomic diversity of marine life, and from lectures, workshops and practicals will develop the skills to be able to recognise the major groups from their key identifying features. Students will develop knowledge of the function and form of marine organisms and the adaptational solutions organisms adopt to become successful in the marine environment.

    Students will encounter a variety of marine organisms 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

    (LO1) Acquire knowledge and understanding on the taxonomic and functional diversity of marine life.

    (LO2) Develop the ability to recognise the major groups of marine organisms using their key features

    (LO3) Experience how to examine marine organisms and understand their functional biology using different kinds of specimens and approaches.

    (LO4) Recognise the adaptational solutions to functional problems adopted by marine organisms

    (LO5) Teamwork

    (LO6) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

    (LO7) Problem solving skills

  • Marine Ecosystems: Diversity, Processes and Threats (ENVS122)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    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

    (LO1) Acquire knowledge and understanding of representative key ecosystems found in the marine environment.

    (LO2) Be familiar with the marine organisms that live in representative key marine ecosystems.

    (LO3) Acquire a basic knowledge of fundamental ecological principles, transferable to later marine and non-marine modules.

    (LO4) Be aware of the threats that humans may pose to marine ecosystems.

    (LO5) Appreciate how humans assess and may mitigate detrimental impacts to the environment.

    (LO6) Be introduced to the importance to their future studies of critical reading of scientific literature.

  • Essential Mathematical Skills (ENVS117)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To create a firm foundation of mathematics relating to pure maths, physics (mechanics) and statistics.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) At the end of the module a student should be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of pure mathematics, mathematics mechanics, and statistical mathematics.

    (LO2) At the end of the module the student should be able to;

    - Demonstrate skills in the application of mathematical methods to the solution of problems.

    - Use dimensional analysis and apply it to real world problems.

    (LO3) At the end of the module a student should be able to;

    - Do simple estimations by hand

    - Rearrange algebraic formulae to make the required quantity the subject

    - Insert values in a formula and calculate the correct answer

    - Basic calculus.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

  • Study Skills (ocean Sciences) (ENVS103)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To improve students' oral and written communication skills, including their ability to reference correctly;
    To teach students how to proceed with the analytical determination of important oceanographic parameters;
    To train students to make observations, collect and record data on the field;
    To enthuse students about ocean sciences through reading and discussing topics related to the marine system;
    To teach students how to use ODV (Ocean Data View) software.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Learn how to use a reference software, make a literature search and reference correctly

    (LO2) Quantitatively summarise, synthesise and interpret data collected during fieldwork

    (LO3) Present scientific content effectively through oral, written and/or poster communications

    (LO4) Understand the analytical procedure for the determination of important analytes (e.g. oxygen, iron, alkalinity)

    (LO5) Learn how to use ODV (Ocean Data View) software to visualise spatial variations of oceanographic parameters

    (S1) Numeracy/computational skills - Confidence/competence in measuring and using numbers

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

    (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

Year One Optional Modules

  • Ecology and Conservation (ENVS157)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    The module aims to introduce students to the key principles that govern the interactions between organisms and their environment, and how these can be used as the basis for conservation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understand and explain fundamental principles of how ecological systems are structured and how they function at the scale of individuals, populations and communities

    (LO2) To understand the effects of human activities on communities and ecosystems at a range of timescales

    (LO3) Develop an ability to critically evaluate how ecological understanding and data can be used to inform conservation policy

    (S1) Global perspectives demonstrate international perspectives as professionals/citizens; locate, discuss, analyse, evaluate information from international sources; consider issues from a variety of cultural perspectives, consider ethical and social responsibility issues in international settings; value diversity of language and culture

    (S2) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen

    (S3) Learning skills online studying and learning effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal

    (S4) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

  • Environmental Chemistry (ENVS153)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    To provide a basic understanding of chemistry relevant for environmental sciences.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 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;

    (LO2) b. understand the inter and intra-molecular forces that bond molecules and atoms together to form "matter" and thus be able to explain e.g. why water is a liquid at room temperature while oxygen is a gas;

    (LO3) c. name chemical compounds, write balanced chemical reactions and understand how the amount of products and reactants can be predicted;

    (LO4) d. understand what redox reactions are and be able to work them out;

    (LO5) e. understand basics of aquatic chemistry such as pH, concentration, dilution or equilibrium constants.

    (LO6) f. know the basics of organic chemistry.

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

  • Evolution (LIFE103)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    This module aims to:
    Describe fundamental genetic mechanisms that are essential for the function and evolution of life;

    Introduce students to fundamental evolutionary concepts and theories, showing how genetic mechanisms help determine the patterns of observed evolution;

    Apply evolutionary concepts to a broad selection of areas of Life Sciences;

    Develop in students the knowledge and understanding of the subject and the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in biology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Recall how cells evolved

    (LO2) Identify the causes of evolutionary change in populations

    (LO3) Recognize the consequences of evolutionary change for patterns of biological diversity within and amongst populations

    (LO4) Recall fundamental genetic mechanisms (heredity, mutation, meiosis, sex) and show how they influence evolutionary change in populations

    (LO5) Recognize the widespread applicability of evolutionary ideas across the Life Sciences

    (S1) Lifelong learning skills

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, or R software used in much of the biological sciences. There are fieldwork opportunities in Ocean Sciences and Marine Biology in Year 2.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Studying Uk Coastal Marine Biodiversity (ENVS241)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    This module aims to increase students' knowledge of how to sample and identify a broad range of taxonomic groups common to UK coastal marine ecosystems. In addition, students teach themselves how to use new digital approaches to producing publishable content (e.g. Publisher and Corel Draw) broadening their digital fluency.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will learn how to sample and identify a broad range of coastal marine taxa

    (LO2) Students will develop a better understanding of how the biodiversity of marine species is adapted to different habitats and environmental conditions

    (LO3) Students will improve their ability to communicate knowledge to others through development of an accessible guide.

    (LO4) Students will improve their digital fluency by self-learning how to use new software to produce a publication-quality brochure

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Teamwork

    (S3) Communication skills

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) Problem solving skills

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

    This module aims to provide students with essential background in marine ecology, ecophysiology and resource exploitation required for study at higher levels. Students will also develop the ability to evaluate and critique the scientific literature, as well as the ability to draw in relevant information from multiple topics areas to address this module aims to provide students with essential background in marine ecology, ecophysiology and resource exploitation required for study at higher levels. Students will also develop the ability to evaluate and critique the scientific literature, as well as the ability to draw in relevant information from multiple topics areas to address multi-disciplinary topics.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Be familiar with some key physiological adaptations necessary to survive in the marine environment

    (LO2) Understand the imporance of some key ecological concepts that underpin the stucturing of marine communities

    (LO3) Develop a basic understanding of key human activities that can affect individuals, populations and communities of marine animals

    (LO4) Develop the ability to read and critically evaluate scientific papers

    (LO5) Develop the ability to research, plan and write essay questions that tackle multi-disciplinary issues (using material from across the module as necessary)

    (S1) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

    (S2) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

    (S3) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics

    (S4) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S5) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

    (S6) Learning skills online studying and learning effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal

    (S7) Global perspectives demonstrate international perspectives as professionals/citizens; locate, discuss, analyse, evaluate information from international sources; consider issues from a variety of cultural perspectives, consider ethical and social responsibility issues in international settings; value diversity of language and culture

  • Marine Pollution (ENVS232)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting45:55
    Aims

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

    To train students in literature search and reading of scientific papers

    To enhance writing and communication skills

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An understanding of the main anthropogenic stressors of the marine system, their causes, functioning, effects and their remediation/regulation;

    (LO2) An awareness of current problems (news + scientific papers)

    (LO3) To enhance communication skills

    (LO4) To learn how to use Web of Science

    (S1) Communication skills

    (S2) International awareness

  • Sampling the Ocean (ENVS220)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with

    An understanding of the practical methods used to measure and analyse physical and biogeochemical quantities in the ocean, in both the context of ocean research and in the commercial world.

    This includes:
    Techniques for navigation and survey planning;
    Measurement of temperature, salinity, chlorophyll and dissolved oxygen using the "CTD";
    Measurement of currents;
    Laboratory analyses for chlorophyll, oxygen and nutrients;
    Microscope analyses for plankton identification;
    Techniques for instrument calibration.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will acquire understanding of navigation and survey design; measurements of temperature, salinity and density; measurements of currents; analyses for chlorophyll, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.

    (LO2) Students will acquire skills in data quality/analysis techniques including manipulation of CTD and current data; calculation of water column properties from discrete sampling; calibration of instrumentation using discrete samples.

    (LO3) Students will be able to present data graphically to a high standard, appreciating the need for legibility, labelling, legends and figure captions.

    (LO4) At the end of the module a student should be able to evaluate the quality and significance of oceanographic data, and understand how data is used in both commercial and research environments.

    (LO5) Students will acquire appreciation of safe working practices in the field, and also in the laboratory.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Communication skills

    (S4) IT skills

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

    This module develops students' understanding and appreciation of Marine Biology and Ocean and Climate Sciences as contemporary academic disciplines. This module will develop students' subject-specific research and employability skills through the following specific aims:

    Develop capacity to conduct independent research projects, through training in research methods, data analysis and transferable skills.

    Develop students' skills in critical thinking and writing in order to prepare students for subsequent years of study.

    Develop students' awareness of careers and employability. Enabling students to plan for future careers and enhance employability.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Build knowledge of the fields of marine biology, ocean and climate sciences

    (LO2) Develop experience in analysing scientific data, creating professional quality display items and writing a report in a scientific format and style.

    (LO3) Demonstrate an understanding of how to evaluate scientific literature

    (LO4) Develop and improve personal employability skills

    (LO5) Enhance ability to write reports and essays in a technical scientific style

  • Understanding Marine and Terrestrial Spatial Ecology Using Gis (ENVS255)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to introduce students to the nature, operation and application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) relevant to ecologists and marine biologists. Through a series of workshops student will learn how to conduct complex tasks in GIS and how to apply these to real-world scientific questions. Through an essay addressing the use of GIS in conservation, students will review published literature to examine how the advent of GIS has changed marine and terrestrial ecology.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Be able to critically review selected applications of GIS in areas of ecology, environmental management and marine biology in order to appreciate its role in decision support.

    (LO2) Understand the nature and sources of spatial data by correct analysis of a variety of datasets provided (particuarly with respect to remotely sensed information) used within GIS, have practised the input of these data into a GIS and have developed a critical awareness of the importance of error and quality with respect to spatial data.

    (LO3) Demonstrate the ability to accurately deploy a variety of GIS functions (such as measurement, queries, neighbourhood analyses, overlay, interpolation, etc.) available within a GIS package to integrate manipulate and analyse spatial datasets.

    (LO4) Apply selected GIS functions with respect to solving a problem based exercise.

    (LO5) Communicate the results from GIS operations by outputting results in the appropriate format.

  • Oceanography, Plankton and Climate (ENVS245)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    The module will provide a multi-disciplinary view of how ocean physics, microbiology, chemistry and plankton ecology operate in different ocean environments, explain how Earth's climate is affected by the plankton, and show how plankton ecosystems are responding to a changing climate.

    The aim is then to use this multi-disciplinary framework to develop skills in setting sensible hypotheses, numeracy, problem-solving and written communication. Throughout the module material will connect to the research currently being carried out by staff, using research results and research tools to illustrate key concepts and formulate methods to test hypotheses.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 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 and effects Earth's climate.

    (LO2) Students will be able to compare quantitatively the scales of different processes, and critically assess their relative importance for life in the ocean.

    (LO3) Students will strengthen, and acquire new, skills in quantifying physical-biological drivers of ecosystems.

    (LO4) Students will learn the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to marine biology and gain experience in solving novel problems.

    (LO5) Students will acquire knowledge of key concepts in physical and biological oceanography.

    (LO6) Students will learn the importance of understanding the assumptions behind key theories in oceanography.

    (LO7) Students will learn how to frame and test hypotheses using appropriate data and methods.

    (LO8) Students will develop skills in written communication of science.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

    (S4) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

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 the global carbon cycle and select options to suite their interests in either marine biology or ocean sciences. There are fieldwork opportunities in Ocean Sciences and Marine Biology in Year 3.

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Global Carbon Cycle (ENVS335)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    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

    (LO1) 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

    (LO2) Students will understand the role and significance that the ocean plays in the global cycling of carbon

    (LO3) 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

    (LO4) Students will understand how stable isotopes can be used to study the carbon cycle and how it has varied in Earth's history

    (LO5) 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

    (S1) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

    (S2) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S3) Communication, listening and questioning, respecting others, contributing to discussions, influencing, presentations

  • Sea Practical (ENVS349)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to teach basic skills in accessing, analysing and interpreting oceanographic data, developing predictions and hypotheses and creating a research plan through objectives to test the hypotheses.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 1. Knowledge and Understanding:   On completion of the module students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of a) accessing and selecting publicly available data, b) handling and organising large quantities of data, c) merging data sets from different portals and d) assessing data quality.

    (LO2) 2. Intellectual Abilities: At the end of the module the student should be able to apply skills in a) evaluating the quality and significance of publicly available marine data, b) developing and test hypotheses and c) writing a focused, question-driven scientific report/paper

    (LO3) 3. Subject Based Practical Skills: At the end of the module students should be able to apply skills in data handling and analysis including : a) organising large complex data sets, (b) physical oceanographic measurements and calculations, (c) biogeochemical measurements and (c) biological measurements.

    (S1) time management (setting and achieving objectives through semester 1 and producing a report by a deadline),

    (S2) teamwork (organising themselves to achieve the objectives and sharing data),

    (S3) Data handling (accessing, selecting, downloading and quality control of publicly available data),

    (S4) data handling (setting up scripts and spreadsheets and processing data with them)

    (S5) report writing (through the final report)

    (S6) ethics

Year Three Optional Modules

  • Marine Ecology: Theory and Applications (ENVS383)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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

    (LO1) evaluate the major ecological theories underlying the dynamics and diversity of marine communities and ecosystems.

    (LO2) relate problems in marine conservation and resource exploitation to these ecological concepts.

    (LO3) use appropriate methods to assess the consequences of environmental change and management for marine communities and ecosystems.

    (LO4) recognize the importance of ecological theory in underpinning scientific advice to management.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

  • Ocean Dynamics (ENVS332)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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

    (LO1) Students will acquire knowledge of key concepts in ocean and atmosphere dynamics.

    (LO2) Students will learn to appreciate the approximate nature of theoretical ideas, and the strengths and weaknesses of such ideas as explanations of observed phenomena.

    (LO3) Students will develop mathematical skills in scale analysis of differential equations to isolate the essential phenomena.

    (LO4) Students will acquire experience in combining quantitative and qualitative understanding of dynamics to give clear explanations of observed phenomena in the ocean and atmosphere.

    (LO5) Students will develop an understanding of the factors controllng fluid flows on a range of rotating planets.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

  • 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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 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

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Organisational skills

    (S3) Adaptability

  • 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:

    literature searching, review and appraisal,

    design of experiments or models,

    practical and computing skills,

    collection and/or manipulation of data,

    construction of scientific hypotheses,

    oral communication and report writing.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Plan, organise and undertake a programme of research.

    (LO2) Make observations of data, reflect on outcomes and adjust the research design if necessary.

    (LO3) Interpret, critically evaluate and present the data.

    (LO4) Complete a scientific report of the research planned and undertaken

    (S1) Acquiring, analysing and assessing data

    (S2) Scientific writing

    (S3) Communicating results

  • Science Communication (ENVS393)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Provide key transferable skills to undergraduates, including: communication, presentation, practical classroom skills and team working.

    Provide classoom based experience for undergraduates who are considering teaching as a potential career

    Encourage a new generation of STEM teachers.

    Provide role models for pupils within schools located in areas of high deprivation.

    Increase University of Liverpool widening participation activites within merseyside.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Have an understanding of the UK educational system and relevant teaching and learning styles.

    (LO2) Have an understanding of the Widening Participation Agenda

    (LO3) Have an understanding of relevant STEM subjects and activities that would link into the National Curriculum

    (LO4) Develop appropriate STEM activities for KS2 and KS3 school groups that link with the National Curriculum

    (LO5) Reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of the outreach acivities and their delivery

    (LO6) Be able to apply the relevant protocols and safeguarding practice when delivering within a school setting

    (LO7) Be able to apply practical knowledge of effective delivery styles when engaging with primary or secondary aged pupils

    (LO8) Have experience of planning the delivery of a project

    (LO9) Have experience of team working

    (LO10) Have experience of science communication in a variety of situations

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – envisioning

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S6) Time and project management - Project planning

    (S7) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    (S8) Skills in using technology - Using common applications (work processing, databases, spreadsheets etc.)

    (S9) Global citizenship - Understanding of equality and diversity

    (S10) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility

  • 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 Outcomes

    (LO1) Appreciate the diversity of behavioural, life-history, genetic and phenotypic adaptations that are adopted by a variety of marine organisms.

    (LO2) Understand the costs and benefits of these behavioural and life-history strategies of different marine species.

    (LO3) Understand the various processes that drive evolution in the marine environment.

    (LO4) Have experience of the relevance of evolutionary processes to contemporary marine science and biological conservation.

  • Contemporary Issues in Ecology and Marine Biology (ENVS301)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to develop advanced skills, attributes and experiences required by graduates in ecology and marine biology with a focus on careers, an appreciation of the current state of their field and an international perspective.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Increased confidence to plan and work independently.

    (LO2) Develop an awareness of the current state of the students' Honours fields, including an international perspective.

    (LO3) Become exposed to, and experienced in, a diversity of communication types, such as oral, written and interpersonal.

    (LO4) Reflect on, plan and develop a personalised range of skills and attributes in the context of future opportunities.

  • Contemporary Issues in Ocean and Climate Sciences (ENVS366)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    To promote awareness, understanding and discussions about contemporary issues in Ocean and Climate Sciences.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Gain a broad and detailed knowledge of some of the main contemporary research topics in marine and climate sciences.

    (LO2) Improve critical reading of scientific literature.

    (LO3) Gain/Practice Transferable Communication Skills: Communicating research topics and/or specific research papers (through oral presentations and essay) to students and/or academic staff.

    (S1) research skills

    (S2) communication skills

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.