Marine Ecology

Universidad Católica de Valencia

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Marine Ecology

  • Host University

    Universidad Católica de Valencia

  • Location

    Valencia, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Ecology, Oceanography

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    0
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0
  • Overview

    Prerequisites: none

    GENERAL GOALS
    -To know the concepts and basic postulates as well as the current approach of the ecological science.
    -Learn to interpret and elaborate ecological models applied to the marine systems.
    -To understand the structure and functioning of the ecological systems (pelagic and benthic).
    -To know the functioning of the aquatic ecosystems from the knowledge of the flows of energy and cycles of matter.
    -To evaluate the current knowledge of seas and oceans.
    -To use different technologies of survey and laboratory in marine ecology.
    -To extract qualitative and quantitative information about biotic and abiotic components of Mediterranean aquatic ecosystems.
    -To respect the nature.

    CROSS-SECTIONAL COMPETENCES Competence measuring scale
    1. Capacity to analyze and synthesize.
    2. Capacity to organize and plan
    3. Mastering Spanish oral and written communication
    4. Knowing and applying Basic ITC skills related to marine science
    5. Capacity to manage information (capacity to look for and analyze information coming from different types of sources)
    6. Problem solving
    7. Decision making

    Interpersonal
    8. Capacity to work in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary team
    9. Critical and self-critical capacity

    Systemic
    10. Capacity to learn
    11. Capacity to adapt to new situations
    12. Capacity to produce new ideas (creativity)
    13. Capacity to apply theoretical knowledge
    14. Sensitivity to environmental issues

    SPECIFIC COMPETENCES
    Knowing
    15. Knowing basic sampling techniques of water column, organisms, sediment and sea-floor as well as basic techniques of dynamic and structural variable measurement
    16. Developing competences to adapt to new situations and to promote self-study

    Knowing how
    17. Applying marine instrument techniques
    18. Collecting, assessing, processing and interpreting oceanographic data, following the most recent theories
    19. Identifying and analyzing new problems and proposing solution strategies
    20. Knowing how to carry out experiments and measurements both in the laboratory and during sample collection
    21. Knowing how to use planning, designing and implementing research tools while surveying and assessing results.
    22. Knowing how to do fieldwork and laboratory experiments in a safe and responsible way, promoting teamwork
    23. Describing, classifying and mapping sea bottoms and coastal areas
    24. Looking for and assessing different kinds of marine resources
    25. Mastering practical use of models, including new data for validation, improvement and development of models.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES COMPETENCES
    R-1 To know the basic concepts of the ecology, populations, communities and fluxs of energy in the ecosystems. Comptencies: 3,5,6,10,17,25
    R-2 To elaborate schemes, simple models or conceptual maps on the organization of ecosystems and function.Comptencies: 1,2,4,5,10,11,12,13,17,25
    R-3 To use and to understand the principal methodologies of system study and ecological models
    Comptencies: 1,4,5,6,7,8,9,11,14,16,18,20,21,22,23
    R-4 To identify principal components of ecological marine systems in the sea. Comptencies: 5,7,8,10,11,12,13,15,18,19,20 22,23
    R-5 To do reports and to issue valid judgments on coastal aquatic ecosystems Comptencies: 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,12,13,14,16,18, 19,20,21,22,23
    R-6 To identify principal marine communities at coastal littoral Comptencies: 1,5,6,7,8,10,11,13,18,19,20,22,23
    R-7 To relate the theoretical and practical contents across works and entrusted tasks.Comptencies: 1,3,5,6,11,12,13,14,18,20,22
    R-8 To know and to value the importance of the Marine Ecology for the context of the current science and the oceanography especially.Comptencies: 1,3,4,9,10,11,12,15,17,20,24

    SYSTEM FOR ASSESSING THE ACQUISITION OF THE COMPETENCES AND ASSESSMENT SYSTEM
    Assessment Tool:Written exams
    LEARNING OUTCOMES ASSESSED:R-1,R-2,R-3,R-8
    Allocated Percentage:40%

    Assessment Tool:Practical examination
    LEARNING OUTCOMES ASSESSED:R-3,R-4,R-6,R-7
    Allocated Percentage:20%

    Assessment Tool:Directed Works
    LEARNING OUTCOMES ASSESSED:R-1,R-2,R-4,R-5,R-6,R-7,R-8
    Allocated Percentage:20%

    Assessment Tool:Directed Questions
    LEARNING OUTCOMES ASSESSED:R-1,R-2,R-3,R-4, R-5,R-6,R-7,R-8
    Allocated Percentage:10%

    Assessment Tool:Class participation
    LEARNING OUTCOMES ASSESSED:R-1,R-2,R-3,R-4, R-5,R-6,R-7,R-8
    Allocated Percentage:10%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.