Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Aquatic Botany
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Herbarium collection  Preservation and identification of 15 common intertidal species of macrophyte.  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Written Examination  50%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary Assessment  Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to the failure of the module.  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Supplementary Examination  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate retained knowledge under controlled conditions of diversity of aquatic algae and angiosperms, and evaluate their importance in aquatic ecosystems from a community perspective.

Demonstrate retained knowledge under controlled conditions the influence of the physio-chemical characteristics on the physiology, ecology, reproductive biology, primary production etc. in aquatic algae and angiosperms across a variety aquatic habitats.

Demonstrate the ability to present, and accurately identify, marine macrophytes to species level.

Brief description

Aquatic Botany will to introduce students to the diversity of aquatic algae (micro and macro) and angiosperms. The module will explore the evolution, genetic diversity, biogeography, physiology, ecology etc. of these organisms.


The aim of this module is, through a series of integrated lectures and a laboratory practical, to provide students with a detailed understanding of the main groups of aquatic algae (macro and micro) and angiosperms, their physiology, ecology, evolution and genetic diversity, biogeography, physiology, ecology etc.


The module begins by introducing the students to the diversity of photosynthetic cyanobacteria, algae (both micro and macro) and angiosperms occupying a variety of aquatic habitats. Further detail will be presented covering their physiology, adaptations, reproduction, biogeography, primary productivity, community interactions etc. The lectures will also cover the problems of invasives species and their genetics, and the applied uses of algae and marine vegetative habitats in the production of biofuels, aquaculture and in mitigating climate change.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Collection of data in terms of quality and quantity. The students will be expected to scrutinise their techniques and interpret their results.
Communication Listening and oral skills during the lectures and subsequent discussions will be encouraged. The students will be expected to produce coherent written documentation for their examinations and field trip/practical reports.
Improving own Learning and Performance Outside the formal contact hours, students will be expected to research materials, manage time and meet deadlines. The practical classes/field trip will provide an opportunity for students to explore their own learning styles and preferences, and identify their needs and barriers to learning. Students will be able to review and monitor their progress and plan for improvement of personal performance through self-awareness and reflection.
Information Technology The students will be required to access online databases such as ISI Web of Knowledge and Google Scholar to find primary literature. They will also be expected to be competent in the use of word processing programs and spreadsheets for delivery of assessed work.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will gain confidence and self-awareness of their personal skills and their ability to evaluate biological problems and objectively assess the quality of proposed solution. Feedback will be given where appropriate.
Problem solving Students will be encouraged to critically analyse information provided during the lectures and orally identify appropriate solutions where problems arise. Feedback will be given.
Research skills Students will research the topic beyond the depth and scope of the lecture material during their independent study using a variety of literature sources. They will be expected to produce academically appropriate reports and where necessary comment, evaluate and scrutinize information obtained/experiment conducted. Practicals will enable students to develop standard identification/surveying skills.
Subject Specific Skills Subject specific concepts/techniques relating to aquatic macro/microphytes will be developed.
Team work Students will work effectively in pairs/small groups during field trips/practical classes. They will be expected to contribute to the planning and organization of the practical exercises, delegation of tasks through persuasion and negotiation, and the execution of techniques relevant to the practicals/fieldtrips with the cooperation of group members.


This module is at CQFW Level 5