BIOL212-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Marine Biology and Ecology

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021

Description

An introduction to the ecology and biology of the marine environment. Description and analysis of marine communities and the biodiversity, ecology and behaviour of marine organisms.

The course is designed to illustrate the principles of marine biology and ecology, including the
physical and biological aspects of marine biodiversity and community function. This course includes a field trip.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the course, students will have developed the ability to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the diversity in form and function of organisms across a variety of ecosystems (assessment task: on-line quizzes & final exam)
  • Use taxonomic keys to identify marine organisms (assessment task: laboratory & field trip projects)
  • Acquire basic skills in field observation, experimental sampling, data analysis and interpretation (assessment task: field trip projects)
  • Synthesise primary scientific literature to support experimental work (assessment task: field trip project)

    Skills Register
    The following skills are developed in this course:
  • Taxonomic identification of marine organisms. The process of taxonomic classification is fundamental to advancement in biology and ecology, as well as your own understanding of ecosystems.
  • Synthesising information from primary literature. This is a skill that underpins the advancement of science and the development of your own understanding.
  • Collecting field data. Important for research and in scientific organisations.
  • Analysing data. Important for research, and in some non-scientific organisations.
  • Writing a report on findings. Communication of science is fundamental to its use and advancement.

Pre-requisites

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 141
22 Feb - 28 Mar
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 Kaikoura 5 Apr - 11 Apr
02 Sunday 09:00 - 17:00 Kaikoura 5 Apr - 11 Apr
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 16:00 West 505 22 Mar - 4 Apr
02 Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00 West 505 22 Mar - 4 Apr

Timetable Note

Compulsory field trip: 2021
The first semester lecture break field trip is a three-day trip (excluding travel) to Kaikōura: 8 - 11 April (trip 1), 11 - 14 April (trip 2). You will be advised of Kaikōura trip details early in the first term.  Note that the field trip is compulsory and provides in-term assessment.  If you miss the field trip without a valid reason, you may not be allowed to sit the final exam.

It is compulsory to wear a lab coat and safety glasses in the laboratory.

To purchase approved safety glasses, lab or coats go to https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/science/shop/.
The collection point for purchases is inside the southern entry to the Ernest Rutherford Building, Monday to Friday between the hours 8.30 – 10.00 am and 1.30 – 3.00 pm for the first two weeks of the semester.

Disposable gloves are available in the laboratory for those who might need them.

Feedback from 2019 Course survey (77.5% response)
1. Materials provided helped me understand what was required to succeed in this course 4.2
2. The organisation of this course helped me learn 4.0
3. Workload was appropriate to the level of the course 4.3
4. Assessments were appropriate for the course 4.2
5. Where I sought feedback on my assessments I found it helpful 4.1
The following issues were raised in written feedback by students at the end of the course. The responses were collated by the course coordinator and common responses scored. Action taken in response to feedback is indicated in bold.
Positive features
- Good workload factoring in the field trip, labs and report
- Lectures all good, textbook is actually quite fun to read (a rarity!)
- I really enjoyed the field trip! I felt it helped a lot with my understanding
- Lecturers are awesome and always ready to help when you ask

Negative features (Action/response indicated in bold)
- The information is fine. I feel it could benefit from being more refined
- Field trip could be organized a tad better but I am understanding due to no field station
- The course is constantly being refined and updated, students should see the benefits of this.
- The field trips coordination and exercises will be reviewed.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

John Pirker

Lecturers

Mads Thomsen and Sarah Flanagan

Lab Technician

Jan McKenzie

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Data analysis 5%
Short Field trip report 5%
Final exam 50%
Laboratory assessments 10%
Online quiz 30 Mar 2021 5%
Major field trip report 14 May 2021 20%
Online quiz 01 Jun 2021 5%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Castro, P. and Huber, ME; Marine Biology; 11th Edition; McGraw-Hill, 2019.

Recommended additional reading
Rupert, EE., Fox, RS. and Barnes, RD. (2004) Invertebrate zoology: A functional evolutionary
approach 7th ed. Brooks/Cole. QL 362.B261 2004
Nybakken, JW. and Bertness, MD. (2004) Marine Biology: An ecological approach. Benjamin
Cummings Ltd. QH91.N993 2005

Notes

Electronic Distribution of Course Material: Information about the course, including the course handout, notices, summaries of lectures and other details will be placed on Learn.

Feedback from 2019 Course survey (77.5% response)
1. Materials provided helped me understand what was required to succeed in this course  4.2
2. The organisation of this course helped me learn          4.0
3. Workload was appropriate to the level of the course                                                    4.3
4. Assessments were appropriate for the course                                                             4.2
5. Where I sought feedback on my assessments I found it helpful                                    4.1

Laboratories:
No bare feet or jandals, or eating of food in the lab.

Additional Course Outline Information

Notes

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $945.00

International fee $4,938.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Biological Sciences.

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