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Programme Specification for the 2021/2 academic year

BSc (Hons) Marine Science

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBSc (Hons) Marine Science Programme codeUFS3GOACSMCC
Study mode(s) Academic year2021/2
Campus(es)Cornwall Campus
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This programme is the University’s flagship Marine Science degree and promotes a truly interdisciplinary systems approach to marine science. In this degree you will learn the science behind the complexity of the Earth’s coastal and oceanic processes, which will allow you to understand and respond to the biggest developments and debates in contemporary marine science. You will begin the degree by gaining a broad understanding of the key aspects of oceanography and gain an appreciation of how our seas and oceans link and interact with the wider Earth system. The programme structure is designed to give you the essential skills that marine employers demand, meanwhile allowing you to pursue your interests in the wider subject area. The degree covers a broad range of disciplines, from physical oceanography, marine biology, marine biogeochemistry, geology and marine renewable energy, to environmental management and law. It is led from the Centre for Geography and Environmental Science within CLES, but other departments feed in (e.g. Biosciences, Law, Cambourne School of Mines, and Renewable Energy) to provide an truly interdisciplinary flavour. The degree draws on the international research excellence of teaching staff and is supported by the University’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) – an interdisciplinary centre leading cutting-edge research into the consequences of environmental change and the mitigation and management of its effects.

At our Penryn Campus we offer a welcoming atmosphere, where you are encouraged to make the most of Cornwall’s unique environment, both in your studies and in your free time. Our programmes treat Cornwall as a ‘natural laboratory’, taking learning into the field to explore the incredible diversity of coastal and natural landscapes in the region.

When participating in field courses, you will be required to cover any visa costs and, if necessary, purchase anti-malarial medication and relevant immunisations. You will also need to provide your own specialist personal equipment appropriate to the field course destination, e.g. walking boots, rucksack, mosquito net, sleeping bag, binoculars. You may incur additional costs dependent upon the specific demands of the research project chosen. Details of specialist equipment, vaccinations and visas that you must supply at your own expense are provided at http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6569.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

This programme is designed to train the next generation of marine scientists and practitioners. It achieves this in several ways:

  • The programme seeks to introduce a broad range of theoretical concepts in marine science from a solid physical foundation in the first year, through to more expert and practice-focused modules in the second and final years.
  • The programme offers an integrated interdisciplinary curriculum to allow you to make connections between physical processes, ecological patterns, and marine environmental policy and practice.
  • It aims to equip you with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skill-sets required by marine, environmental and offshore employers. This includes hands-on training in the use of remote sensing data and field data collection and analysis.
  • It uniquely combines the study of the natural and semi-natural environment with consideration of marine policy and law, enabling you to make science-into-policy connections and to facilitate marine environmental decision making.
  • The programme encourages you to think about human interactions with the marine environment, through understanding complex issues such as climate change, offshore renewables and changing marine ecosystems.
  • Through fieldwork and other activities, this programme promotes intellectual curiosity about the marine environment and how it functions.
  • The programme provides training in a range of general and transferable skills (e.g. IT, statistics, basic mathematics, data handling, fieldwork (including sampling at sea), writing and presentation) to propel you to high level careers in the marine sector.

You will be taught by internationally recognised research-active staff through a range of methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, field work, and laboratory sessions. Throughout the programme emphasis is placed on developing practical hands-on expertise, grounded by sound theoretical knowledge. We embed important marine science skills within modules, including, boat work, remote sensing, computer coding and practical data analysis. We include a range of fieldwork from local to further afield venues and you will engage in fieldwork of all varieties and in many different environments throughout the programme of study.

We apply novel methods of interactive teaching in the Marine Science degree. From your first year you will engage with hands-on enquiries using databases, satellite data, lab work, and in situ marine or coastal observations to facilitate understanding of the local, regional, national and global picture of the marine world and all of its processes. Lecture material will be global in scope but practical work will build from a local focus in year 1 to a more global perspective by the final year. By the end of your degree you will be able to use a wide range of marine datasets to answer environmental questions important to the future of our planet.

4. Programme Structure

The BSc Marine Science is a three-year full-time programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). The programme can also be studied part-time in up to six years. This programme is divided into three stages. Each stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College website:

http://biosciences.exeter.ac.uk/current/

http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/currentstudents/

http://lifesciences.exeter.ac.uk/

http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/renewable-energy/

http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/csm/

http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/law/study/currentstudents/#tab2

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in the first, second and final stages as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

If you have mobility or health disabilities that prevent you from undertaking intensive fieldwork, reasonable adjustments and/or alternative assessment can be considered in agreement with the Director of Education.

Stage 1


105 credits of compulsory modules, 15 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

aThe field course module, GEO1421, is compulsory. If you are unable to take the field course, you will be required to take another optional module

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BIO1428 Marine Biology 15No
CSM1041 Quantitative Methods for GeoScientists 15No
GEO1405B Earth System Science 15No
GEO1419 Introduction to data science 15No
GEO1420 Atmospheric and Oceanic Systems, Their Interactions and Importance 15No
GEO1421 Marine and Environmental Science Field Course [See note a above]15No
GEO1422 Marine Science Tutorials 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BioP S1 BSc MS opt 2021-2
GEO1408B Global Issues in Environmental Science 15 No
LAW1016C A Legal Foundation for Environmental Protection 15 No
CSM1031 Earth and Environmental Chemistry 15 No

Stage 2


90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

b The field course module, GEO2460, is compulsory. If you are unable to take the field course, you will be required to take another optional module.

c Module is 30 credits including Dorset Field Course.

d You may not take GEO2449 and LES2002 in the same academic year.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
GEO2441 Remote Sensing for Environmental Management 15No
GEO2460 Environment and Sustainability on the Isles of Scilly [See note b above]15No
GEO2448 Research Methods in Geography, Environment and Society 15No
GEO2451 Ice Sheets: Glaciology, Climate and the Oceans 15No
GEO2457 Physical Ocean Processes 15No
GEO2461 Second Year Tutorials 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BioP S2 BSc MS opt 2021-2 see notes 'c' and 'd'
BIO2432 Exploitation of the Sea 15 No
BIO2438 Marine Ecology 15 No
CSM2183 Sedimentology 30 No
GEO2440 Geographical Information Science and Systems 15 No
GEO2442 The Politics of Climate Change and Energy 15 No
GEO2449 Green Consultants 15 No
GEO2450 Biogeography 15 No
ECM2911 Mathematics of the Environment 15 No
LAW2016C Environmental Regulation and Redress 15 No
LES2002 Workplace Learning 15 No
BIO2437 Biology of Aquatic Vertebrates 15 No
CSC2010M Oceans and Human Health 15 No
CSM2190 Geophysics 15 No

Stage 3


60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

d You may not take GEO2449 and LES2002 in the same academic year.

e GEO3462 Dissertation in Marine Science is a 40-credit GEO-coded module but you may select a supervisor from either CLES or CEMPS (i.e. in Geography/Environmental Science, Biosciences, Renewables or Geology).

f The field course module, GEO3463, compulsory. If you are unable to take the field course, you will be required to take another optional module.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
GEO3462 Dissertation in Marine Science [See note e above]40Yes
GEO3463 Research Cruise [See note f above]15No
LES3001 Preparing to Graduate 5No

Optional Modules

d You may not take GEO2449 and LES2002 in the same academic year.

 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BioP SF BSc MS opt 2021-2 see notes 'd' and 'e'
BIO3409 Symbiosis in Marine Systems 15 No
CSM3060 Dynamic Climates of the Past 15 No
CSM3061 Energy Resource Geology 15 No
GEO2449 Green Consultants 15 No
GEO3455 Marine Climate and Environmental Change 15 No
GEO3458 Marine and Coastal Sustainability 15 No
GEO3465 Polar Frontiers 15 No
GEO3466 Biological Oceanography 15 No
LAW3016C Legal Response to Environmental Destruction 15 No
LES2002 Workplace Learning 15 No
GEO3454 Antarctica: Science from a Frozen Continent 15 No
GEO3448 Quaternary Environmental Change 15 No
BIO3433 Ocean Management and Conservation 15 No
ENE3003 Marine Renewable Energy 15 No
GEO3469 Catastropolis 15 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students’ learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges review the quality and standard of teaching and learning in all taught programmes against a range of criteria through the procedures outlined in the Teaching Quality Assurance (TQA) Manual Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BSc (Hons) Marine Science

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

16/04/2021

Date of last revision

20/07/2021