Course Description

Course Name

Life in the Sea

Session: VCPS3122

Hours & Credits

24 Host University Units

Prerequisites & Language Level

BIO1000F or BIO1000H, BIO1004F/S.

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


The Life in the Sea course is intended to introduce students to the diversity of life present in oceans, including the inverteb rates, vertebrates and plants. It will focus on adaptations of form to function (locomotion, reproduction, feeding) and to habitat (rocky shore, open ocean, sedimentary). The course is also intended to familiarise students with biophysical processes that influence life in the oceans.

Fieldwork: One 4-day field trip during April vacation.

DP requirements: 50% for class record; submission of assignments on schedule; attendance at field camp.

Assessment: A 2-hour theory examination will count for 50% of the course with a sub-minimum of 40%. Coursework marks will be allocated as follows: Practical classes (assessed weekly) count 15%; project counts 20%; class tests count 15%.

*Course content subject to change