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

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

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 be able to

LO1: Critically reflect on the diversity of marine habitats and the organisms found in these environments.

LO2: 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: Construct examples of marine food webs.

LO5: 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
2023/4, Trimester 2, In Person,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: In Person
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Matt Wale
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 32
Face To Face Tutorial 2
Face To Face External visits 14
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 4
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Online Guided independent study 146
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= 4 minutes
Project - Written 60 1~2~3~4 Exam Period , WORDS= 2 hours
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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