|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Other||Fieldwork: 10 days|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||FIELDWORK REPORT 1,800 word report detailing fieldwork undertaken in Spain||30%|
|Semester Assessment||PRESENTATION Oral group presentation based on field project in Spain, supported by submission of individual abstracts.||20%|
|Semester Assessment||REPORT 1 1,800 word report detailing work undertaken in Wales||25%|
|Semester Assessment||REPORT 2 1,800 word report detailing work undertaken in Wales||25%|
|Supplementary Assessment||RESUBMISSION 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.||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Apply a range of techniques to investigate environmental issues.
2. Undertake a basic environmental field survey and apply appropriate sampling strategies.
3. Identify the safety and logistical aspects of different types of fieldwork operations in environmental science.
4. Analyze data and present results of original field measurements in technically-sound reports and via oral presentations.
5. Describe the environmental issues facing Mediterranean societies and comment critically on differences with the UK.
- Water resources in the Ebro Basin
- Geochemical analysis of soils
- Ecological surveying
- The treatment of contaminated water
- Heavy metal pollution from mining
- Nature reserve management
- Palaeoecological records of environmental change
- An introduction to surveying
A fieldwork module based both in mid-Wales and, to appreciate a number of environmental issues encountered abroad, an overseas excursion to the arid and mountainous terrain of north-eastern Spain. Overall, the module will provide the framework for gaining practical experience in environmental science. It will focus on the development of expertise in specific measurement/ identification techniques.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Where appropriate, students will be trained in statistical techniques to analyse their field data|
|Communication||Both written and oral communication of field information will be developed via reports and discussion.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Students will be responsible for their own taking of field notes, and will submit their individual field reports.|
|Information Technology||Written reports and literature/information searches to be undertaken electronically.|
|Problem solving||The evaluation of environmental information and data.|
|Research skills||Field and practical surveying, observation, classification, measurement and dissemination of findings.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Surveying in environmental science, observation, field and associated practical measurement of relevant variables.|
|Team work||Field information and the interpretation of data will be obtained by teams of students. A team oral presentation will be assessed.|
Reading ListRecommended Text
Jones, A. et al. (2000) Practical Skills in Environmental Sciences Longman, Harlow Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 5