University College Dublin
Area of Study
Biology, Environmental Science, Marine Biology
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2.5 - 3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3.75 - 4.5
Hours & Credits
OverviewThis module provides an introduction to the biology, ecology, physiology and utilisation of marine plants
and algae. Topics covered include the classification, structure and morphology of seaweeds, seagrasses, and
saltmarsh plants, their reproduction and life histories, distribution, diversity and commercial uses. Fieldwork
will be a component of the module, in which students will focus on the identification and ecology of Irish
wetland and marine botany. Students will gain hands-on experience with the collection and preservation of
marine plants. The importance and utilization of marine algae will be examined by exploring traditional and
current uses, including methods of on-shore and off-shore cultivation, harvesting, product and economic
development, and methods suitable for the sustainable management of natural resources. An introduction to
marine phytoplanktonic organisms, such as cyanophyta, diatoms and dinoflagellates, will also be provided.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
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.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.