UCC ACE Short courses

Secrets of the Sea and Shore: An Introduction to Marine Biology NEW (taught online only)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Secrets of the Sea and Shore: An Introduction to Marine Biology NEW (taught online only)

  • Code

  • College

    Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    Six weeks, Mondays 7-9pm, from 25 January to 1 March 2021

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    Cert of Attendance

  • Fees

    €150 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Students must be minimum eighteen years at course commencement See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Monday 18 January 2021

  • Course Delivery Method


  • Start Date

    Monday 25 January 2021

Course Outline

This course is designed for budding marine biologists with a special emphasis on the seas around Ireland. I want you to able to explore the things we discuss in class! The course will begin with a general introduction to the ocean including, its currents, zones, tides and water composition. The remainder of the class will focus on ocean organisms with an emphasis on their adaptations and behavior. Maybe you would like to explore the beach with your kids and tell them about the creatures that you find there. Or perhaps you want to know more about the whales and dolphins than can be seen in the seas around Ireland. In this course we will explore everything from creatures that lurk in the deepest trenches to the seaweed that washes ashore on the beach. After this class you should be able to tell your kids what a blobfish is, describe why whales are able to float and discuss with your colleagues how likely it is that you will be attacked by a shark in Ireland and most importantly what you can do to protect our oceans! I love the ocean, and I want to share my curiosity, passion and enthusiasm for the seas that surround us with you.

Week one: Introduction to the ocean 

Week two: Special ecosystems: the rocky shore, coral reefs, etc. 

Week three: Marine invertebrates and fish including sharks

Week four: Creatures of the deep, birds and reptiles 

Week five: Marine mammals 

Week six: Human impacts on our oceans, biodiversity awareness, invasive species

Course Practicalities

Where possible there will be a hands-on element to each lecture so some simple household items are required for some lectures.


Short courses are non-assessed

Who teaches this course:

Dr Courtney Collins is a postdoctoral researcher at UCC. Courtney is a zoologist and her areas of interest include zoo research, human-animal interactions, marine biology and animal behaviour. Courtney has over 15 years of experience teaching children science inside and outside the classroom. She also gives lectures in animal behaviour at third level and supervises several undergraduate research students. Courtney lives by the ocean and is passionate about protecting the sea, raising biodiversity awareness and educating others about conserving the natural world.


Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €150.

How Do I Apply

To book this course please proceed to the booking area at https://open.ucc.ie/   Exceptional Education Experiences at UCC.  Click into your selected course and access the registration pages through the Enrol button.

A detailed guide to the new booking system, ACE Short Course Catalogue Guide, is available at the Foreward page at https://www.ucc.ie/en/ace/courses/shortcourses/

The closing date for applications is Monday 18 January 2021. Students register and pay fees before course commencement which is subject to sufficient enrolment. In the event of a course not commencing applicants will be informed and their fees will be returned.


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