|Delivery length / details
|4 x 9 Hour Field Trips
|6 x 4 Hour Practicals
|1 x 3 Hour Seminar
|2 x 8 Hour Field Trips
|Assessment length / details
|A series of assessments
|Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Identify topical and relevant problems in ecology, conservation and environmental science
2. Demonstrate proficiency in identification of the main species and biotic components in the habitats in which the fieldcourse is taught
3. Demonstrate proficiency in a range of field-based data collection /analysis techniques
4. Design research strategies for data collection and analysis that are relevant to the designated research questions
5. Communicate research findings through both written reports and oral presentations
- To provide an opportunity to apply theoretical, technical and/or scientific laboratory methods to the more complex and uncontrolled field environment and to appreciate how core processes in ecology and land use are mediated by the climatic and of a specific field location.
- To enhance students' capacity' to identify relevant problems or research questions, and to develop their ability to solve/answer these through hypothesis testing, robust experimental design, data collection, data analysis and data interpretation.
- To encourage, where appropriate, consideration of logicstical (including safety) and ethical aspects of these research processes.
- To promote transferable skills which are core for field research in ecology/environmental science, including teamwork, observation, record-keeping, reporting/communication of experimental data and plant identification skills.
Techniques for vegetation analysis
Human impact on biological communities
Aspects of environmental/climate change and successional processes
Design and execution of field-based research projects
|Application of Number
|Where appropriate, students will be trained in statistical techniques required to analyse their field data.
|Both written and oral communication of data acquired during fieldwork will be developed via group discussions, reports and oral presentation.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Students will be responsible for taking their own field notes, for developing efficient teamwork strategies and for developing realistic and efficient methods of data collection under field conditions within the broader constraints of the fieldcourse timetable.
|Written reports, data analysis and literature/information searches to be undertaken electronically.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Analysis of samples and data, synthesis assessed by reports
|Students will be required to complete a number of research projects and design/execute at least one which will involve: problem identification, research design, data acquisition, analysis, presentation and interpretation.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Several skills to be developed during this fieldcourse module are directly relevant to employability in the environment sector, for instance biological identification skills, record-keeping in the field.
|Developed via the assignment of students to small groups during fieldwork and during preparation of post-fieldcourse oral presentations.
This module is at CQFW Level 6