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Postgraduate Course: Marine Renewables and the Environment (IDCORE) (PGEE11096)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course gives students an understanding of the key oceanographic, biochemical and faunal features of coastal marine systems from an ecological perspective as they impinge on offshore renewable energy developments. Background biology of key habitats and species groups are introduced along with their likely vulnerabilities to interactions (negative or positive) to device construction or operation. The most common survey and data processing techniques are introduced along with practical demonstrations at sea and inthe lab. Particular attention will be paid to the differences and difficulties of collecting unbiased data in high energy environments.
Course description Shelf sea processes from Oceans to Estuaries(Dale/Black/Heymans, sub-module I)
The role of winds, tides and turbulence in driving the shelf-sea circulation and stratification.
Consequences of physical processes for marine biota (mixing, fronts, internal waves, thermoclines, energy extraction etc)
Consequences of biochemical processes for marine biota and benthos
Ecosystem function and modelling techniques Benthic and littoral habitats (Burrows/Valcic/Hughes/Cook,sub-module II)
Habitat structure & function
Natural vs artificial substrates (incl. Invasive species & fouling)*
Benthic-pelagic connectivity
Renewable-relevant sensitive habitats and species
Field techniques and Impact assessment*
Habitat mapping (GIS, ROVs, Multibeam) Pelagic Marine Vertebrates (Wilson/Fox, sub-module III)
Fish/Mammal/Bird biology & ecology relevant to marine energy
Survey techniques*
Disturbance, encounters and turbine collision risks
Collision monitoring and mitigation options
* Including field trip (onboard RV Calanus) and syndicate project options
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework (100%)
Syndicate projects carried out during the week and presented to the class and teaching staff at the end (with a pass/fail criteria).
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will have an understanding of shelf sea processes; benthic and littoral habitats and pelagic marine vertebrates. Equipped with this, students will be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the interaction of these topics and the offshore renewable energy sector.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsOffshore Renewable Energy,Professional Doctorate
Course organiserProf David Ingram
Tel: (0131 6)51 9022
Course secretaryMr Stephen Graham
Tel: (0131 6)51 7213
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