Module title: Advances in Aquatic Science

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

Module code: ENV10104
Module leader: Linda Gilpin
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science

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

2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Linda Gilpin
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs;
A series of interactive lectures will introduce a range of topics providing the background to fulfil LOs 1-3. The ability to debate and defend a position is one of the main aims of the module (LO1). This will be achieved by small teams being nominated to support or contest a certain position on a potentially contentious topic. Each team will deliver an oral presentation drawing on scientific literature to defend their stance. Teams will also need to work together during the preparation stages to ensure that they do not use the same articles and use a wide range of arguments across the team. Peer (and staff) assessment of the presentations will use criteria developed in class. The other main aim of the module is that students will be able to draw on information gleaned across the lecture topics and beyond to construct a viable argument as to the cascade of events resulting from a ‘What if..’ scenario (LO2).

Formative Assessment:
Two debates will be held with the first acting as a formative assessment. Immediate feedback on debates will be given.

Summative Assessment:
LOs 2 and 3 will be assessed in week 14 using a 'take home' exam underpinned by the knowledge of how aquatic ecosystems currently function, in order to predict future events.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 11
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 5
Independent Learning Guided independent study 162
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 40 1 10 HOURS= 0.20, WORDS= 0
Class Test 60 2,3 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Nutrient and phytoplankton dynamics in relation to eutrophication, species and ecosystem shifts, harmful algal blooms, trophic interactions and fisheries. Climate change as related to phenology, species biology ranging from phytoplankton to marine mammals, and disruption to aquatic ecosystem functioning. Acidification as a decreasing problem in freshwaters and possibly an increasing threat in the ocean.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Give an oral presentation to defend a position using scientific literature to support your argument.
LO2: Anticipate the impacts of a proposed scenario on the functioning of a given aquatic ecosystem
LO3: Provide a critical assessment of the impacts of a named pollution/disturbance on aquatic systems

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Recommended - MASON, C.F. (2002) BIOLOGY OF FRESHWATER POLLUTION: HARLOW : PRENTICE HALL, 4th ed. - ISBN: 0130906395
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