|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Practical||Practicals and Field Days (7 days)|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Field Course Report||70%|
|Semester Exam||Practical exam||30%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Extended essay||100%|
On completion of the module students will be able to:
- identify the common organisms of estuaries and coastal waters
- apply basic methods of collection for intertidal and sublittoral organisms
- explain the factors which affect the distribution of intertidal and sublittoral flora and fauna
- use advanced identification keys
- design and undertake sampling programmes appropriate to a range of coastal habitats
- prepare illustrated, concise reports.
This module builds on Module BS21110 - Marine Biology and gives the student the opportunity of working in a range of coastal habitats. It is an introduction to the taxonomy of the major groups of marine organisms, and field sampling techniques and laboratory analysis used in coastal ecology with the aim of understanding the distribution patterns of marine intertidal and sublittoral organisms.
The distribution and diversity of organisms on rocky shores is investigated through quantitative sampling along transect lines. Distribution patterns on different shores are considered in the light of the prevailing physical and biological conditions.
A similar approach is used in the study of sedimentary shores and estuaries. Distribution, density and biomass of organisms are monitored by field and laboratory studies and the student is introduced to the standard methods of sediment and water analysis.
The preliminary studies on plankton completed in Module BS21110 are extended during this course with the emphasis on the study of living plankton. The abundance of meroplankton is investigated and the significance of a pelagic phase in the life-cycle of benthic invertebrates is reviewed.
Inshore fisheries and their management are discussed in lectures and demonstrations, with boatwork including sampling of soft and hard bottom communities. Students work in groups for field and follow-up laboratory work.
Reading ListShould Be Purchased
Fish, J D & Fish, S (1996) A student's guide to the seashore 2nd Cambridge University Press. Primo search Hayward, Peter J. (March 1995) Handbook of the Marine Fauna of North-West Europe Oxford University Press, Incorporated Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6