Core Module Information
Module title: Fish and Fisheries Biology

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

Module code: ENV10111
Module leader: Robert Briers
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES

Background knowledge of adaptation of organisms to aquatic environments; familiarity with quantitative techniques including ANOVA and regression.

Description of module content:

This module covers topical issues in the area of fish biology and fisheries in both marine and fresh waters. In this module you will learn about the biology and ecology of fish and their interactions with the environment at the individual and population level. You will gain a practical and applied understanding of methods to determine patterns of growth and survival and their use in determining population dynamics and management of fisheries. Based on case studies and practical experience, you will be introduced to the range of methods used in fisheries biology and how to evaluate fisheries management.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Analyse the effect of basic biology and life history characteristics on population dynamics and fisheries exploitation
LO2: Apply and interpret a range of fisheries analysis methods
LO3: Critically contrast key methods of monitoring and management of fish populations
LO4: Analyse the effects of management practices on freshwater and marine fisheries

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, 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: Robert Briers
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module will be taught through a series of lectures, tutorials, practical sessions and fieldwork that will require students to critically and actively engage during both taught sessions and with supporting materials. Teaching sessions will provide the foundational knowledge which will be applied in tutorial and practical sessions to develop professional skills in analysis and interpretation of fisheries information.

Formative Assessment:
A problem-based approach, centred around a series of case studies will be utilised throughout the practical sessions to develop skills and provide formative feedback every two weeks from week 4-10 to build towards the final summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
The final [15 page] assessment will be based on collation and analysis of fisheries data, along with interpretation in relation to the management context. There will be a series of exercises, covering application of fish growth models, population estimation via different methods and stock and recruitment modelling in relation to harvesting and environmental influences.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Face To Face Fieldwork 6
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1,2,3 & 4 14/15
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
ENV10111 Fish and Fisheries Biology