Marine Vertebrate Conservation

Module titleMarine Vertebrate Conservation
Module codeBIO3116
Academic year2019/0
Credits15
Module staff

Professor Annette Broderick (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

Number students taking module (anticipated)

60

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module focuses on the status of marine vertebrate species and the major threats that impact on them. Using a mixture of lectures, discussion sessions and background reading material you will develop and share your opinions on a range of topics in marine vertebrate conservation, an example of which is, which marine vertebrate group is most at risk from climate change?

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module will look at the science underpinning the ecology and conservation of the major marine megavertebrate groups (marine fishes, sea turtles, seabirds, seals, sirenians and cetaceans). Typical cross-cutting topics will include: status assessment, fisheries bycatch, wildlife trade, climate change, marine protected areas and conservation policy.

Research inspired, inquiry led learning is key in this module. Lectures and material provided will draw on published research case studies and you will engage with research staff and students at the University of Exeter who will give guest lectures on their latest research findings within the field of marine vertebrate conservation and ecology. Individual research, writing skills and group discussions are integral to this module.

In addition to module specific knowledge, the focus will also be on key employability skills including:

  • critical synthesis of literature around controversial topics,
  • oral and written communication skills,
  • audience awareness,
  • persuasive argument,
  • time management,
  • collaboration and team work.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Explain the status of the major groups of marine vertebrates
  • 2. Outline the major threats to marine vertebrates and how these may be mitigated

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Describe in detail and analyse essential facts and theory across a sub-discipline of biosciences
  • 4. Analyse and evaluate independently a range of research-informed literature and synthesise research-informed examples from the literature into written work
  • 5. Identify and implement, with limited guidance, appropriate methodologies and theories for solving a range of complex problems in biosciences
  • 6. With minimal guidance, deploy established techniques of analysis, practical investigation, and enquiry within biosciences
  • 7. Describe and evaluate in detail approaches to our understanding of biosciences with reference to primary literature, reviews and research articles

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 8. Devise and sustain, with little guidance, a logical and reasoned argument with sound, convincing conclusions
  • 9. Communicate effectively arguments, evidence and conclusions using a variety of formats in a manner appropriate to the intended audience
  • 10. Analyse and evaluate appropriate data and complete a range of research-like tasks with very limited guidance
  • 11. Evaluate own strengths and weaknesses in relation to graduate-level professional and practical skills, and act autonomously to develop new areas of skills as necessary
  • 12. Reflect effectively and independently on learning experiences and evaluate personal achievements
  • 13. Work in a small team and deal proficiently with the issues that teamwork requires (i.e. communication, motivation, decision-making, awareness, responsibility)

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Lectures will cover topics relating to marine vertebrates such as:

  • status assessment
  • wildlife trade
  • fisheries bycatch
  • climate change
  • marine protected areas
  • conservation policy

You will be given topics to research and you will present your findings during class or group discussions.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
201300

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching 10Lectures focusing on status of marine vertebrates, fisheries impacts, wildlife trade, climate change, habitat destruction, marine protected areas, bycatch mitigation
Scheduled learning and teaching9Discussions
Scheduled learning and teaching1Revision session focusing on example exam questions and model answers
Guided independent learning 130Additional research, reading and preparation for module assessments

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Discussion 12-3 hoursAllGroup oral and written feedback (staff-student collaboratively written assessment criteria)

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
06040

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay examination601 hour 1-10Written feedback sheet
Discussion 2202-3 hours1-10Written feedback sheet
Discussion 3202-3 hours1-10Written feedback sheet

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Essay examinationEssay examination1-10August assessment period
Discussion 21000-word review of topic1-10August assessment period
Discussion 31000-word review of topic1-10August assessment period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to write a further essay examination. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will count for 100% of the final mark and will be capped at 40%.

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Norse, E.A. and Crowder, L.B. 2005. Marine Conservation Biology. Island Press

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Marine ecology, marine conservation, conservation policy, climate change, marine vertebrates, migration, status assessment, exploitation and fisheries

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

From 2020/1: BIO2432 Exploitation of the Sea and BIO2437 Biology of Aquatic Vertebrates

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

6

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

01/10/2008

Last revision date

08/03/2019