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Marine Biology (Non-Accredited)


Marine Biology (Non-Accredited)

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    Our brand-new Marine Biology Course will give you a thorough grounding in the fascinating and stimulating subject of life in the sea. The course delivers all of the underpinning knowledge required for anyone wanting to pursue a career in Marine Biology, or perhaps 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 minute detail. Perhaps the most interesting part of the course deals with the human impact on the marine ecosystem.


    One of the key benefits of studying Marine Biology with My Distance Learning College is that we deliver the entire package of course materials in a single dispatch. This enables our students to get a real feel for the overall structure and content of the course, and chart their progress much more effectively. The modular method of delivery favoured by other providers breaks up and interrupts the learning process. It actively prevents students from moving faster through sections they are more confident with, or taking more time over the deeper concepts that require more thought and comprehension. Plus: Students of my distance learning College automatically get free access to the acclaimed “iLearnitEasy” coursework management system, which makes submitting assignments, getting feedback and critique, and interacting with other students on the course for mutual support, an absolute breeze! Push-button simplicity . . .


    If the prospect of exams frightens the life out of you, there is even more good news. There is no final exam! The low price of the course includes dedicated tutor support, regular critique and feedback, and all assignments are marked by one of our professional tutors. You can even pay by low direct debit instalments if funds are tight.

    The Ocean Takes ShapeLife Evolves

    Continental Drift

    The Major Oceans

    An Ocean is Born

    An Ocean Dies



    Basic Oceanography

    Ocean Structure


    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



    Marine Life in Mangroves

    Threats to Mangroves

    Sea grasses, or Sea Grass Beds

    Sea grass Marine Life

    Threats to Sea Grasses


    Coral Reef Formation

    Major Types of Reefs

    Tropical Coral Reefs

    Cold Water Corals

    Marine Life in a Coral Reef


    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


    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



    Compositional Differences from Freshwater

    The Hydrologic Cycle

    Human Consumption


    Human Impacts

    The physics of Light and Sound Propagation in the Ocean


    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


    Underwater Communication and Data Transfer

    Marine Biology


    Sound speed

    Comparison with Airborne Sound Levels

    Hearing Sensitivity


    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






    The Point of OriginThe Ingredients

    Animals that Live in these Habitats

    Food Webs in the Sea

    Level One: Photoautotrophs


    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



    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:



    Water Pressure:

    Wind and Waves


    The Structures and Adaptations to Marine Living

    Mola Mola



    Animals with Shells


    Biological Systems



    Aquatic Locomotion of Marine Mammals

    Aquatic Locomotion of Fish

    Aquatic Locomotion of Marine Reptiles

    Terrestrial Locomotion



    Carbon Dioxide Release


    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






    Introduced Species

    Ocean Acidification

    Environmental & Socioeconomic Impacts

    The Impacts of Over-fishing

    Open Access Fisheries

    Poor Fisheries Management

    Pirate Fishing


    Lack of Protected Areas

    Marine Life Imbalance

    Decreased Food Security

    Economic Loss

    When you have successfully completed this course you will receive a MyDistance Learning College Diploma

    Can anyone do the course?

    Anybody with a reasonable standard of general education will be able to cope with the academic demands of the course. 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 course 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 course materials provided, you will receive a Study Guide to assist you.

    What’s actually in the course?

    The course covers the areas of study listed above through detailed exploration of the subject matter. You will also receive tasks and prompts for further personal exploration, plus research to carry out. This will also help you to keep track of how much you have learned. There are plenty of examples in the course materials, but personal research is expected.

    What will I get from the course materials?

    The course 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.

    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






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