The cost of accommodation and meals (full board) and additional tuition fees for the duration of the course is over £800 per student. Whilst the School will cover the cost of additional tuition fees, you will be required to pay £320 to help cover your full board during the course. You will also have to pay your own travelling costs to and from Millport and no reimbursements will be made. This is a field-based module that will run during the summer vacation in 2023. Course dates: 30th August to 8th September 2023. The location is the FSC Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae off the west coast of Scotland.
The module exposes students, first-hand, to the broadest possible range of marine taxa, especially invertebrates, but including vertebrates and algae, sampled alive from their natural habitats. Practical work includes intertidal sampling (rocky shores and sandy shores) and sampling from a research vessel (plankton and subtidal benthos). The course considers behavioural, ecological and physiological aspects, morphological adaptations, systematic relationships and also the economic significance of selected groups. Students acquire skills in identification and the presentation of written work. Group project work will develop interpersonal skills, including organisation, leadership and oral presentation. The inclusion of an element of self-assessment will further foster critical abilities.