Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Sampling Techniques in Practice
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lectures per week for 4 weeks (8 hours)
Other 2 x 6 hour fieldwork sessions (12 hours) - not centrally timetabled


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment "Scoping" report.  20%
Semester Assessment Assessment of environmental management problems.  40%
Semester Assessment Group report.  Evaluating investigation approach and allocation of resources against project brief.  40%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

* Identify key sampling issues in a contextual setting related to environmental managing problems.

* Establish "best practice" solutions to assess environmental management problems

* Demonstrate their understanding of practical solutions to the problems identified.

Brief description

Key investigative approaches and sampling techniques are explored. The module covers a range of sampling and assessment issues in coastal, estuarine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. Students will evaluate the use of "appropriate technology" to solve environmental management issues in a variety of contextual settings, from the laboratory to the field.


The study site and its conservation management issues are introduced. Once key management issues have been identified, consideration is then given as to how information related to these issues might be collected; this process identifies specific research questions and the process of collecting evidence that addresses these questions within time and resource constraints. After completion of the practical work and collation of findings, the group of students involved then have to assess whether their approach was 'fit for purpose'. Finally, the outcomes of the investigation are used to assess the extent of the management problems identified and measures to mitigate these problems.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Required for the analysis and synthesis of data obtained in the practical sessions and incorporated into the reports.
Communication Academic and consultancy writing skills will be developed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Feedback on reports will allow development of report writing skills.
Information Technology Storage and retrieval of data. Report writing. Presentation of data in reports. Use of electronic journals and databases.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will gain confidence in their ability to plan, perform, evaluate and report on environmental investigations.
Problem solving Students will participate in a problem-driven environmental management topic and through exploring potential solutions, develop competency in dealing with practical environmental problems.
Research skills Through the practical sessions and tutorials, students will gain research skills required to provide a practical solution to their chosen environmental management problem.
Subject Specific Skills Generic and pathway specific fieldwork, report writing and data gathering skills.
Team work Students will be involved in the planning of both the practical and written elements of the investigation. Effective team-building, management and communication skills will be developed.


This module is at CQFW Level 7