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Overview

Prior study is not a prerequisite - you just need a passion for the subject matter!

Our brand-new Marine Biology study pack will give you a thorough grounding in the fascinating and stimulating subject of life in the sea. You will learn all of the underpinning knowledge required for pursuing a career in Marine Biology, or perhaps getting involved in any of the pastimes and sports associated with the sea, including sub aqua diving, Maritime archaeology, Marine conservation, and many others. The ocean is explored as an ecological habitat, and the incredible way aquatic animals, flora and fauna have evolved and adapted to be able to live, breed and flourish in the harsh marine environment. The seas all over the earth, from the Arctic north and Antarctic South to the Equator, and from the sunlit surface to the pitch black of the deepest ocean trenches, are examined in detail. Perhaps the most interesting part of the materials deal with the human impact on the marine ecosystem.

Materials

One of the key benefits of studying with Distance Learning Plus is that you get access to your full course materials online once you enrol.

You'll receive access to our Online Student Community where you'll be able to view your course materials, submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Requirements

A reasonable level of literacy is required, but there are no entry restrictions.

You just need a keen interest in the subject, and will ideally have studied the subject or ancillary disciplines at a lower level if you want to progress quickly.

Non-Regulated Qualification Endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP Scheme

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme.

Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.

The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful completion you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Although the materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Although, there are no entry requirements, you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduced, and get the most out of the materials.

The Ocean Takes Shape

Life Evolves

Continental Drift

The Major Oceans

An Ocean is Born

An Ocean Dies

Consequences

Reversal

Basic Oceanography

Ocean Structure

Benthos

Ocean Zones

Major Habitats in the Ocean

Intertidal Zone

Challenges in the Intertidal Zone

Marine Life in the Intertidal Zone

Threats to the Intertidal Zone

The Polar Regions

Location and Countries in the Polar Regions

Weather

Mangroves

Marine Life in Mangroves

Threats to Mangroves

Sea grasses, or Sea Grass Beds

Sea grass Marine Life

Threats to Sea Grasses

Reefs

Coral Reef Formation

Major Types of Reefs

Tropical Coral Reefs

Cold Water Corals

Marine Life in a Coral Reef

Nudibranch

Threats to Coral Reefs

Pelagic Zone

Marine Life in the Pelagic Zone

The Deep Sea

Ocean Depth

Challenges Faced by Marine Life in the Deep Sea

Marine Life Found in the Deep Sea

Anglerfish

Pseudoliparis amblystomopsis

Hydrothermal Vents

What Are Hydrothermal Vents?

Types of Hydrothermal Vents

Where Are Hydrothermal Vents Found?

Kelp Forests

Ecosystem Architecture

Threats to Kelp Forests

Polar Regions

The Chemistry of Seawater and its Physical Properties

Salinity

Geochemistry

Compositional Differences from Freshwater

The Hydrologic Cycle

Human Consumption

Standard

Human Impacts

The physics of Light and Sound Propagation in the Ocean

Sound

Underwater Acoustics

Features of Underwater Sound Propagation

Speed of Sound Underwater

General Frequency Changes Underwater

Scattering and Reflection in Water Surface

Scattering and Reflection on the Seafloor

Application of Underwater Acoustics in Nature

Human Application of Underwater Acoustics

Sonar

Underwater Communication and Data Transfer

Marine Biology

Measurements

Sound speed

Comparison with Airborne Sound Levels

Hearing Sensitivity

Light

The Dynamics of Tides and Major Currents

Physics of Currents

Coastal Currents

Open Ocean Currents

Currents: Measurements and Data

How Life Evolved in the Ocean

Monoplacophora

Agnathan

Doliodus

Cooksonia

Tiktaalik

The Point of Origin

The Ingredients

Animals that Live in these Habitats

Food Webs in the Sea

Level One: Photoautotrophs

Phytoplankton

Sea grasses

Level Two: Herbivores

Level Three: Carnivores

Level Four: Top Predators

Alternative Food Chains

Marine Phytoplankton and Zooplankton

The Importance of Plankton

How does Plankton Underpin the Marine Food Web?

Primary Productivity

Marine Food Webs

Trophic levels

Producers

Consumers

Migration Patterns of Zooplankton

Endogenous Factors

Exogenous Factors

Types of Vertical Migration

Reasons for Vertical Migration

Significance with the Biological Pump

Global Distribution Patterns of Plankton

Differences from Season to Season

Differences from Year to Year

How life is Adapted to the Harsh Marine Environment

Salt Regulation:

Oxygen:

Temperatures:

Water Pressure:

Wind and Waves

Light

The Structures and Adaptations to Marine Living

Mola Mola

Reptiles

Mammals

Animals with Shells

Chiton

Biological Systems

Osmoregulation

Thermoregulation

Aquatic Locomotion of Marine Mammals

Aquatic Locomotion of Fish

Aquatic Locomotion of Marine Reptiles

Terrestrial Locomotion

Respiration

Solutions

Carbon Dioxide Release

Reproduction

Life Cycles

The Marine Life Cycle

Simple versus Complex Life Cycles

A Simple Life Cycle

A Complex Life Cycle

Life Cycle Pressures

Sexual or Asexual?

Seasons and Rhythms

Habitat use by Marine Organisms

Types of Marine Life Cycles

Microscopic Life Cycles

Marine Plant Life Cycles

Bacteria versus Multicellular Organisms

Fish

Fisheries

Pollution

Threats

Eutrophication

Introduced Species

Ocean Acidification

Environmental & Socioeconomic Impacts

The Impacts of Over-fishing

Open Access Fisheries

Poor Fisheries Management

Pirate Fishing

Subsidies

Lack of Protected Areas

Marine Life Imbalance

Decreased Food Security

Economic Loss

When you have successfully completed your studies you will receive a certificate of achievement from Focus Awards.

This is a non-regulated qualification which is endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme. They are not nationally recognised qualifications; on successful completion of your studies you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Focus Awards is regulated as an Awarding Organisation by Ofqual, the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Non-regulated qualifications endorsed under the FQP scheme are ideal for professionals required to demonstrate commitment to CPD (Continuous Professional Development), and for those wanting to gain specialist knowledge of a particular subject.

Who is this for?

Anybody with a reasonable standard of general education will be able to cope with the academic demands. If you can read and write well enough to complete a job application, and have a good grasp of basic maths (add, subtract and divide) you should have no problems. The learning materials are written in simple everyday language and the answers to your assignments will be completed in the same style. In addition to the comprehensive learning materials provided, you will receive a Study Guide to assist you, and, of course, you will have the support of your tutor.

What will I cover?

Your studies will cover the areas of study listed above through detailed exploration of the subject matter. You will also receive tasks and prompts for further personal exploration and research to carry out so that you can gauge how much you have learned. There are plenty of examples to help you but personal research is a prerequisite, so be prepared to use your initiative to fully answer the assignments.

Is it accredited?

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme.

Although the learning materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Your work is not graded; assignments are simply identified as Pass, Fail or Referred. For assignments not passed at first attempt, your tutor will advise on the improvements to be made to obtain a Pass on a reworking. A certificate of achievement will be issued by Focus Awards on successful completion of all the assignments.

Is this a nationally recognised qualification?

No, this is a non-regulated qualification which has been endorsed by Focus Awards under their FQP scheme

What will my studies prepare me for?

The learning materials and accompanying tasks will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and confidence to successfully complete the tutor marked assignments. The tasks are designed to encourage you to apply your knowledge, and help you to develop relevant research and academic writing skills.

If I fail an assignment can I retake it?

Yes, your tutor will ask you to resubmit your assignment and give you some pointers as to where you could improve.

How do I send in my work?

You email your assignments one at a time for marking. This enables your tutor to properly assess the standard and style of your work for each section, and give you feedback which will be used on your next assignment; a process of continuous improvement. On obtaining feedback and comment you will either move on to the next assignment or review and rework the one you submitted.

What do I receive once I enrol?

You will receive login details to our Online Student Community. Here you will be able to access your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your work, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

Your studies should be completed within 12 months, but can be extended for a small fee if your tutor supports your request. As a rough guide, depending on your circumstances and commitment, you can complete your studies in about 100 study hours. There are no other deadlines to meet.

Is there a word count for my assignments?

Although a word count is not given for the tutor marked assignments, it is important that you demonstrate to your tutor that you have fully understood the questions; a comprehensive Study Guide is included with your materials. Many students start slowly at first, but your tutor will give guidance to help and encourage you to improve.

Do I need a computer to complete my studies?

Yes, you will need access to email and the internet to access your materials, submit assignments and do research. Most students also find word-processing their assignments is much more convenient than writing by hand.

Are the learning materials paper-based or online?

All of the learning materials are online. You will receive a login to the online student community when you enrol, where you will be able to access the full set of materials and assessment tasks for your course.

What is marine biology?

Marine biology is the focus on the study of oceans, seas and all life that lives there (plants and animals). Oceanographers have very similar roles as marine biologists but they solely focus on oceans and seas.

What does a marine biologist do on a day to day basis?

A marine biologists looks closely at plant and animal life within seas and oceans. Much of the work is based on research and findings on investigations or projects that take place. You would be expected to write reports on these findings and publish them.

What are the entry requirements to work in marine biology?

Employers would expect you to have a first/second class honours degree in maths or a science related subject. You would then have to undertake a Master’s degree in Oceanography or Marine Biology. In order to study at degree level you are usually expected to have five GCSE’s A*-C level including maths, English and science. You would then need three A-Levels one which would have to be science related. Please be aware different universities have different entry requirements.

What can I expect to earn working in marine biology?

Starting salaries for marine biologists can be between £18,000 - £25,000 a year.

Experiences marine biologists can earn around £38,000 to £44,000 a year

Monthly Subscription Plans

We have a number of innovative subscription plans available to sort all budgets and support needs.

Simply choose your course and subscription package; your first payment will be taken by credit or debit card when you enrol, with subsequent payments due by monthly direct debit until you complete your studies

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Overview

Prior study is not a prerequisite - you just need a passion for the subject matter!

Our brand-new Marine Biology study pack will give you a thorough grounding in the fascinating and stimulating subject of life in the sea. You will learn all of the underpinning knowledge required for pursuing a career in Marine Biology, or perhaps getting involved in any of the pastimes and sports associated with the sea, including sub aqua diving, Maritime archaeology, Marine conservation, and many others. The ocean is explored as an ecological habitat, and the incredible way aquatic animals, flora and fauna have evolved and adapted to be able to live, breed and flourish in the harsh marine environment. The seas all over the earth, from the Arctic north and Antarctic South to the Equator, and from the sunlit surface to the pitch black of the deepest ocean trenches, are examined in detail. Perhaps the most interesting part of the materials deal with the human impact on the marine ecosystem.

Materials

One of the key benefits of studying with Distance Learning Plus is that you get access to your full course materials online once you enrol.

You'll receive access to our Online Student Community where you'll be able to view your course materials, submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Requirements

A reasonable level of literacy is required, but there are no entry restrictions.

You just need a keen interest in the subject, and will ideally have studied the subject or ancillary disciplines at a lower level if you want to progress quickly.

Non-Regulated Qualification Endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP Scheme

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme.

Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.

The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful completion you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Although the materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Although, there are no entry requirements, you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduced, and get the most out of the materials.

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