Teaching plan for the course unit


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General information


Course unit name: Anthropogenic Impact on the Marine Environment

Course unit code: 365103

Academic year: 2018-2019

Coordinator: Concepcion Avila Escartin

Department: Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Credits: 6

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 150


Face-to-face learning activities



-  Lecture




-  Lecture with practical component




-  Laboratory session




-  Field trip



Supervised project


Independent learning






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Competences to be gained during study


Generic competences for the degree


CG6 - Ability to use and integrate information from different disciplines.


CG7 - Creativity, initiative and ability to adapt to new situations.


CG8 - Commitment to ethical practice in the professional, social and environmental arenas.


CB4 - Capacity to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


CG1 - Ability to take responsibility for own learning, to learn independently and constantly, to set high standards for self and to establish achievable goals.


CB5 - Learning skills required to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy


CG5 - Ability to communicate fluently, both orally and in writing, in the University of Barcelona's official languages, as well as in at least one of the relevant field of study's dominant foreign languages.


CB1 - Capacity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in a field of study that builds upon general secondary education, and is typically at a level that, whilst supported by advanced textbooks, includes some aspects that will necessarily be informed by knowledge at the cutting edge of the field of study.


CG2 - Critical skills and capacity for self-criticism.


CB2 - Capacity to apply knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to the work or vocation, and have competences typically demonstrated through devising and sustaining arguments and solving problems within the field of study.


CG3 - Ability to work responsibly in a team, negotiation and leadership skills, and capability to propose constructive solutions to potential conflicts.


CB3 - Ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within the field of study) to inform judgements that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues.


CG4 - Ability to weigh up and use information effectively, and to apply ICTs to its management and analysis.

Specific competences for the degree


CE18 - Ability to participate in the evaluation of the direct and indirect impact of human activities on the marine environment, and to propose measures for its mitigation and correction.


CE7 - Ability to evaluate, process, display and interpret Marine Sciences data, and to apply, when appropriate, models and statistical techniques.


CE4 - Ability to contribute to training at different levels and to the spread of information regarding key aspects of the marine environment.


CE2 - Ability to apply good practices when working in the sea, in the field and in laboratories, and knowledge of work platforms' characteristics and their corresponding methodologies.


CE21 - Ability to develop marine environment status indicators, validate them and critically apply them in monitoring and surveillance programmes.


CE1 - Ability to use and understand the lexicon and specific concepts of Marine Sciences and other related scientific fields, and to communicate them appropriately and with due rigour.


CE5 - Ability to identify the interrelationships between Marine Sciences and society, and to use the knowledge acquired to address society's demands, through administration bodies, companies and other organizations, locally, nationally and internationally.


CE14 - Knowledge of the nature, rates and implications of lithosphere-sea and sea-atmosphere exchanges.


CE3 - Ability to establish the outline of basic and applied Marine Sciences projects, and to contribute to defining the structure and composing the content of the scientific and technical reports to which they give rise.


CE23 - Collaborative skills, and ability to understand contributions from engineering and to incorporate them into approaches and solutions to problems in the Marine Sciences arena.


CE17 - Ability to detect the variability, on different scales of time, of the environmental conditions of the sea and its populations, and to identify its relationship with global change.


CE16 - Ability to identify threatened marine species and habitats, to diagnose the causes of the threats involved, and to propose management and conservation measures, including protected marine areas.




Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

- Adquirir un coneixement avançat sobre l’impacte antropogènic al medi marí.

- Conèixer els diferents tipus d’impactes i els seus efectes.

- Entendre la importància de la sostenibilitat.

- Dominar el material bibliogràfic i bases de dades per permetre l’estudi de l’impacte antropogènic en el medi marí.

- Estar capacitat per elaborar llistats, anàlisis i escriure informes sobre el tema.




Teaching blocks


1. Anthropogenic Impact in the Marine Environment

1.1. Anthropogenic Impact in the Marine Environment






Teaching methods and general organization


Les hores presencials estaran distribuïdes en 10 h de teoria (magistrals), 20 h de “case studies” (6 sessions de 3h i una de 2h), 15h de pràctiques (“case studies”) de laboratori (5 sessions de 3h), i una sortida de camp (5h).




Official assessment of learning outcomes


L’avaluació serà continuada. S’avaluaran els coneixements teòrics i les habilitats pràctiques assolides, així com l’assistència de l’alumne en les sessions teòriques i de laboratori.



L´examen teòric/pràctic representarà el 60-70% de la qualificació final, essent necessari aprovar-ho per a aprovar l’assignatura. L’assistència a les classes comptarà el 10% de la nota. Durant el curs es podran fer activitats d’avaluació continuada (mitjançant el Campus Virtual o a classe), que es comptabilitzaran en la nota final fins a un màxim d’un 20-30%.


Examination-based assessment

En el cas que algun alumne ho sol·liciti, podrá fer una única prova de síntesi. L’assistència a totes les classes, laboratori i camp és obligatòria.



Reading and study resources

Consulteu la disponibilitat a CERCABIB


. Valiela, I. 2006. Global Coastal Change. Blackwell Publishing. MA, USA.

. Sardà, R. and S. Pogutz. (in press). Corporate sustainability in the 21st Century: increasing the resilience of social-economical systems. Routledge, Taylor & Francis group. London, UK.

. https://www.cbd.int