Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 2 hour lecture per week
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lectures per week
Practical 5 x 3 hour practicals during semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Practical report book  Outcomes assessed: 2, 3, 4, 5  50%
Semester Assessment 1.5 Hours   Written examination  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 4  50%
Supplementary Assessment Candidates will be required to undertake work equivalent to the element(s) that led to failure, ie either assignment or examination or both. 

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of ecological concepts and the adaptations of organisms to their environment.

2. Identify the basic principles and practical applications of classification systems for the naming of organisms and habitats.

3. Identify the development and characteristics of habitats

4. Demonstrate an understanding of practical ecological techniques.

5. Produce scientific reports of field visits

Brief description

The module will provide, through a range of lectures, practicals and field visits, an introduction to the basic biological and ecological processes and principles operating in a range of British habitats. The fundamental scientific principles underlying biological systems will be outlined, and the basic skills of classification of organisms and habitats introduced. Practical application of field and laboratory techniques will help develop an understanding of the concepts of niche, habitats, populations and communities that will provide a foundation for the study of a variety of important British habitats. Particular attention will be paid to the role of humans in the development and management of these key habitats.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Field exercises will include data collection. Data will be charted, analysed and intepreted as part of the assessed practical reports.
Information Technology Rsults for some field exercises will be collated and analysed using spreadsheets. Supplementary information for the module will be made available via the internet.
Research skills Field reports are to be written up in standard scientific report format

Reading List

General Text
Chapman J L and Reiss, M J (1998) Ecology: Principles and application 2nd edition Cambridge University Press Primo search Fitter R, Fitter A and Blamey M (1996) Colins pocket guide: wildflowers of Britain and Northern Europe 5th HarperCollins Primo search Rose, F (1984) The wildflower key: a guide to plant identification in the field, with and without flowers. Penguin Primo search Taylor, D T, Green N P O and Stout, G W (1997) Biological Science 1 & 2 3rd edition Cambridge University Press Combined volume hardback and two volume softback Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4