|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Other||Five-day field course|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Report Field reports for each study undertaken. Outcomes 1, 2, 3||100%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Candidates must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module Outcomes 1-3||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Interpret, through field observation, the development of key landscapes and habitats in relation to environmental factors and historic and current management practices.
2. Apply appropriate field techniques to describe and quantify the distribution and abundance patterns of organism in relation to environmental factors.
3. Analyse and interpret field observations in an appropriate manner, producing a report using scientific terminology and style.
The module consists of a residential 4-6 day field course. The module is intended to develop the students' ability to interpret landscapes and habitats in relation to the variety of factors that have contributed to their development. The complex interrelationships between geology, geography, history and current management practice will be explored. Practical application of field study techniques will help develop an understanding of fundamental ecological processes within a range of key habitats.
Factors determining distribution and abundance patterns of organisms in a range of habitats.
Management of habitats to achieve a range of ecosystem services.
Interrelationships between natural factors and human activities in development of a range of landscapes.
Forces for change in the countryside.
Application of practical techniques for field recording of ecological and environmental data.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number|
|Communication||The field reports must be submitted in an appropriate scientific style.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||As the module will take the form of an intensive residential field course a high level of organisation and personal responsibility will be required of the participants.|
|Information Technology||Numerical field data will be collected, displayed and analysed.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Field visits are likely to involve opportunities for discussion of current issues in management of the countryside related to careers for graduates. There may be opportunities to meet with individuals involved in the management of sites.|
|Research skills||Collection, analysis and interpretation of field data.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Development of identification and other natural history field skills|
|Team work||Field data collection will take place in small groups who will be responsible for reporting back results to the whole class. The residential nature of the field course will require to students to operate in a 'community' environment.|
This module is at CQFW Level 4