- Professor Karen Hudson-Edwards (Professor - University of Exeter)
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||2 x 1 Hour Lectures|
|Lecture||4 x 2 Hour Lectures|
|Practical||1 x 4 Hour Practical|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||REPORT 1 - 2500 words 1,800 word report detailing work undertaken in Wales||40%|
|Semester Assessment||REPORT 2- 2500 words 1,800 word report detailing work undertaken in Wales||40%|
|Semester Assessment||Oral Group Presentation based on field project Oral group presentation based on field project in Spain, supported by submission of individual abstracts.||20%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Supplementary Report 1 - 2500 words Students who fail to attend the field course without good reason will not be permitted a resit. Students who attend the field course but fail the assessment will be given the opportunity to resubmit assessments for a maximum mark of 40%. Students whose reasons for failing to attend any component of the fieldwork are condoned will be permitted to submit an alternative form of assessment in place of the fieldwork. Resubmission of any failed components. Marks for passed components will be carried forward in the recalculation of the re-sat module mark.||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Supplementary Report 2 - 2500 words Resubmission of any failed components. Marks for passed components will be carried forward in the recalculation of the re-sat module mark.||40%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Supplementary Oral Presentation based on Field Project Resubmission of any failed components. Marks for passed components will be carried forward in the recalculation of the re-sat module mark. Note oral presentation may be based on field data provided.||20%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Identify topical and relevant research problems in Environmental Science.
2. Design field-based research strategies for data collection and analysis that are relevant to designated research questions.
3. Demonstrate proficiency in a range of data collection/analysis/presentation/interpretation techniques.
4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate research findings through written reports
5. Demonstrate an ability to communicate research findings through oral presentations.
· To provide and opportunity to apply theoretical, technical and/or scientific laboratroy methods to the more complex, uncontrolled field environment, and to appreciate how processes that might be regarded as 'general' are mediated by the environmental character of a specific place.
· To prompt students' capacity to identify a problem or research question, and to develop approaches to solving or answering this through hypothesis tesing, research design and data collection.
· To encourage, where appropriate, consideration of the ethical aspects of research processes.
· To promote certain transerable skills required in practical work and seminars, such as teamwork and observation.
· Field health and safety
· Research design
· Training in field data collection, analysis and interpretation
· Human impacts on the environment.
· Natural hazards.
· Interpreting the physical landscapes.
· Aspects of environmental change.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Field data collection involves a range of numerical skills (e.g. measurements). Statistical techniques may be used to analyse field data.|
|Communication||Both written and oral communication of field information and interpretations will be developed via reports and presentations.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Students will be responsible for their own taking of field notes, ubmit their individual field reports and acting on feedback provided.|
|Information Technology||Written reports and information searches to will involve the application of information technology. Oral presentations will be given using PowerPoint.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Practical applications of skills in Environmental Science and industry will be discussed during field days.|
|Problem solving||Design of field sampling strategies, evaluation of environmental data.|
|Research skills||Field and practical surveying, observation, classification, measurement and dissemination of findings all involve research and synthesis of information.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Surveying in environmental science, and observation, measurement and recording of environmental variables.|
|Team work||Field data collection and interpretation will be undertaken in teams. A group oral presentation will be assessed.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5