MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
BSc Marine Biology options

Year 2, Component 06

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BS231-5-AU
Computational Data Analysis: R for Life Sciences
(15 CREDITS)

If we were to compile the DNA sequence of the human genome into a book, it would be 200,000 pages long, and would take 10 years to read. The ability to effectively interpret and analyse large-scale genetic and genomic data sets is a crucial skill for next-generation biologists. The module provides a basic introduction to R, the programming language of choice for biologists industry and academia. You learn to write scripts and functions, read and write data files in different formats, use basic plot functionalities and perform basic statistical analysis.

BS234-5-SP
Plant Molecular Physiology and Genetics
(15 CREDITS)

The aim of this module is to provide a view of how a fundamental understanding of plant processes can impact on the production of plants for the 21st century. Learn the essential processes and constraints on plant growth and development, and explore how innovative technological approaches in plant sciences may provide real solutions to our future predicted global food shortage. You’ll look into key aspects of plant physiology such as different photosynthetic mechanisms, and modern approaches to manipulating plant performance and growth.

BS241-5-SP
Biodiversity: From Genes to Ecosystems
(15 CREDITS)

Examine how competition, predation, herbivory, mutualism, disease and parasitism affect the distribution, abundance and growth of populations, and how populations interact to affect the structure and dynamics of ecological communities. You apply this ecological knowledge to real-world problems, such as pest control and conservation.

BS243-5-SP
Applied Wildlife Sciences
(15 CREDITS)

Human activity is resulting in an ever-accelerating rate of extinction of biodiversity. Many species in the tropics are becoming extinct even before they have been described by science, while many more are threatened worldwide, including in the UK. Considering the need for biodiversity conservation, you work alongside some of the key employers in the sector including Essex Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency. Topics include sustainable fisheries and agriculture, climate change, environmental law and captive breeding and re-introduction.

BS253-5-AU
Microbial Diversity and Biotechnology
(15 CREDITS)

Microbes have been on the Earth for at least 3.5 billion years; they tolerate or require a huge range of physico-chemical extremes and perform a remarkable array of functions. This module will examine the diversity of microbes, and how they can be applied for the benefit of society and the environment, for example by bioremediation of contaminated land, recovery of oil and metals, production of biofuels and therapeutic compounds.

BS255-5-SP
Coral Reef Biology
(15 CREDITS)

You’ll gain an insight into biology and ecology of tropical coral reef systems. By explaining the nature of the connection between coral reefs and tropical biomes, we help you gain a thorough understanding of the ecological functioning of coral reef systems. We explore the biology of coral reef systems, the landscape ecology of tropical coastal marine systems and examine the importance of the threats to these systems and the options for management.

BS256-5-AP
Tropical Marine Field Research Skills
(15 CREDITS)

Coral reefs are overexploited, threatened by multiple anthropogenic stressors and in need of protection through appropriate management. Develop practical skills in coral reef monitoring, assessment and research. Receive training in scuba diving, species identification, and scuba- and snorkel-based assessment and monitoring techniques. Learn how to design, implement and report on scientifically robust underwater research. You have the opportunity to undertake a speciality field-course and can be awarded a Coral Reef Research diver certification from the Profession Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). As part of this module you will visit the remote coral island of Hoga, Indonesia, where you will conduct coral reef research, attend lectures, workshops and feedback sessions. The total cost for this trip is £1500 for undergraduate students and £2100 for postgraduate students, which you will be required to pay.

BS258-5-SP
Coral Reef Research Skills (Virtual Field Course)
(15 CREDITS)

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