BIMWN2-Marine Conservation

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
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Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Amanda Callaghan

Email: a.callaghan@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
To identify the most important issues relating to the conservation of the marine environment from both the habitat and species angle. Students will be given a series of case studies on marine turtles, seabirds, fish, mammals and invertebrates, looking at the impact of human activity on population size and structure. They will also look at the impact of global climate change on sea temperature and depth and the impact that ocean acidification will have on coral reefs and other invertebrates.

Assessable learning outcomes:
• By the end of the module, the student should be able to describe and discuss critically the state of current research and practice in relation to the most important issues affecting marine organisms.

• Ability to write a short report based on independent research as well as a proposed campaign to highlight marine issues to the public.

Additional outcomes:
Students will be asked to examine how marine issues are highlighted in the media to determine whether or not campaigns are successful. This will develop their ability to think critically.

Outline content:
The module will be taught in the Spring term. Over the 10 weeks it is proposed to have sessions on:
• Turtle conservation ( Marine Conservation Society)
• Seabird conservation (GJH)
• Marine mammal conservation (guest speaker)
• Marine litter and pollution (AC)
• Marine Fisheries in the 21st Century (AC)
• Coral reef conservation (AC)
• Global climate change and the oceans (guest speaker)
• Marine Conservation zones in the UK (MCS)
• Focus case histories on marine issues (AC)
• Field trip to S. English coast (AC/GJH)

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students will have a series of lectures and seminars where either staff or experts in the field will present information about habitats and species. Students will engage in some field work and will be asked to choose a marine issue that they are interested in to determine the success of current UK or worldwide campaigns in addressing the issue.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 30
Fieldwork 16
Guided independent study 54
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Written assignment including essay 40

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Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-examination in September only.

Last updated: 30 May 2014

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