Core Module Information
Module title: Marine Biology

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ENV09104
Module leader: Matt Wale
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences


Description of module content:

This module will introduce you to the diversity of marine organisms in a range of key marine ecosystems from plankton in the ocean’s surface waters to coral reefs and mangroves in shallow tropical seas, as well as fish and mammals in the deep ocean. The module will provide detailed knowledge on these marine habitats, followed by a more focused view on the biology of the organisms, their interactions with each other and with the environment.
There will also be a focus on approaches to public engagement with topics in marine biology. To support this we will visit some information centres in and around Edinburgh to explore different methods of engagement.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will
LO1: be able to critically reflect on the diversity of marine habitats and the organisms found in these environments
LO2: be able to interpret the biology of named organisms in relation to their environment
LO3: compare and contrast marine ecosystems: the diversity of organisms, their life cycles and their adaptations to different environmental variables
LO4: be able to construct examples of marine food webs
LO5: be able to apply gained knowledge to produce information on a specific marine organism or their coastal/marine habitat in an audio-visual format, attractive to a broad audience.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Matt Wale
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A series of interactive lectures introduce the diversity of marine organisms and a variety of ecosystems (LOs 1-4). You will prepare an audio-visual presentation on the biology of a specific organism or their habitat (LO5) in a format attractive to a broader audience, which could be screened on a loop in a visitor centre/museum setting. A series of tutorials will support this exercise with sessions reflecting on presentation skills/formats, public outreach and assessment criteria.

Formative Assessment:
You will prepare a plan for your audio-visual presentation, including the chosen topic, the most important points of information that you want to get across and the key recent paper(s) to be included. You will receive feedback on your plan to inform the following summative submission. You will be provided with example exam questions from past papers that will be discussed and formative feedback will be provided in a group session. This will assist you with the final summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
An audio-visual presentation (narrated and subtitled PowerPoint presentation recorded in Panopto) will be submitted based on your choice of topic which could relate to a specific organisms or marine habitat.
There will also be a final exam on topics covered in the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 4
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 146
Face To Face Lecture 32
Face To Face Tutorial 2
Face To Face External visits 14
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 40 5 10 HOURS= 4mins
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,2,3 & 4 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Marine Biology reading list