Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
1001014032014MARINE MAMMALS AND REPTILESCompulsory473
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
This course provides an overview of the systematics, adaptations, ecology, behavior, distribution and conservation of marine mammals and reptiles of the world. Mediterranean and Turkish faunas and issues are emphasized.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Ertan TAŞKAVAK
Learning Outcomes
1To obtain comprehensive information about the general biology of marine mammals. Understanding their role in ecosystem
2Identification of whales and dolphins (Cetacea), and gain information about their distribution, biology, behavior, ecological roles and conservation. Mediterranean and Turkish species will be emphasized.
3Identification of Sirenians, and gain information about their distribution, biology, behavior, ecological roles and conservation.
4Identification of marine Carnivora, and gain information about their distribution, biology, behavior, ecological roles and conservation. Mediterranean and Turkish species will be emphasized.
5Understanding the basic biology of reptiles
6Identification of marine iguana, crocodile and sea kraits, and gain information about their distribution, biology, behavior, ecological roles and conservation. Mediterranean and Turkish species will be emphasized.
7Identification of turtle species lives in or feeds from marine environment (Chelonidae, Dermochelyidae, Trionychidae families), and gain information about their distribution, biology, behavior, ecological roles and conservation. Mediterranean and Turkish species and nesting beaches will be emphasized.
8Understanding Threats and Conservation of Marine Mammals and Reptiles
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Systematics of marine mammals and reptiles, their general biology, evolutionary history, distinguishing features, distribution, biology, population status, behavior, and conservation.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1What is a marine mammal? Types of marine mammals,their evolutionary history, geographic distribution migration,and general anatomy and physiology.Video about marine mammals,their evolutionary history, geographic distribution migration,and general anatomy and physiology
2Marine mammals, their life cycles and reproduction, feeding ecology, predation, parasites and diseases, behavior and social organization, stranding cases, and exploitation.Video about marine mammals, their life cycles and reproduction, feeding ecology, predation, parasites and diseases, behavior and social organization, stranding cases, and exploitation
3Cetacea general characteristics, Mysticeti systematic and general characteristics, Balaenidae, Balaenopteridae, Eschrichtiidae, Neobalaenidae families and species characteristics.Videos about families and species in suborder Mysticeti.
4Odontoceti systematic and other properties. Physeteridae, Kogiidae, Ziphidae, Monodontidae families and species characteristics.Videos about species in Physeteridae, Kogiidae, Ziphidae, Monodontidae families
5Delphinidae, Phocoenidae families and species characteristics.Videos about species in Delphinidae and Phocoenidae families
6Iniidae, Platanistidae, Pontoporiidae (river dolphins), characteristics of families and species. Sea cows (Sirenia) general characteristics, and Trichechidae Dugongidae families and species characteristics.Videos about river dolphins and sirenians
7MID-TERM EXAM
8Carnivora systematics and general characteristics, Otariidae, Odobenidae families and species characteristics.Videos about Carnivora systematics and general characteristics, Otariidae, Odobenidae families and their species
9Phocidae, Mustelidae, Ursidae families and species characteristicsVideos about Phocidae, Mustelidae, Ursidae families and their species
10General features of ReptiliaVideos about general features of Reptilia
11General characteristics of saltwater crocodile. Squmata families and species living in marine environment.Videos about saltwater crocodile. And Squmata species living in marine environment
12Characteristics of marine species in the families Elapidae and Hydrophiidae.Videos about marine species in the families Elapidae and Hydrophiidae
13Testunides systematic and general features. Characteristics of species in the families Chelonidae and Dermochelidae.Videos about sea turtles and their life cycles
14Trionychidae family properties, and marine speciesVideos about marine species of softshell turtles
15Threat to marine mammals and reptiles, and conservation measures.Videos about threat to marine mammals and reptiles, and conservation measures
16FINAL EXAM
Recommended or Required Reading
Lecture notes Lecture slides Lecture movies Thomas A. Jefferson, Marc A. Webber, Robert Pitman. 2008. Marine Mammals of the World: A Comprehensive Guide to Their Identification. Academic Press. 592 pp Estes JA, Demaster DP, Doak DF, Williams TM, Robert L. Brownell J eds. 2006. Whales, Whaling and Ocean Ecosystems. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press. Reeves, Randall R., Smith, Brian D., Crespo, Enrique A. and Notarbartolo di Sciara, Giuseppe (compilers). (2003). Dolphins, Whales and Porpoises: 2002–2010 Conservation Action Plan for the World’s Cetaceans. IUCN/SSC Cetacean Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. ix + 139pp Gales N, Hindell M, Kirkwood R eds. 2003. Marine Mammals: Fisheries, Tourism and Management Issues: CSIRO Publishing. 470pp
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
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End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
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Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination111
Final Examination111
Attending Lectures14228
Practice14114
Report Preparation155
Self Study12224
Individual Study for Mid term Examination155
Individual Study for Final Examination11010
Reading5210
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)98
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