Module Information

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

Course Delivery

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


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Coursework: Practical Report Book  Outcomes assessed: 2, 3, 4, 5  50%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   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 examination or coursework , or both. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

1. Explain the concepts of evolution, populations, communities, ecosystems, habitats, niche, ecological succession, the cycling of matter and energy flow;

2. Demonstrate familiarity with the characteristics of a range of terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats and be able to account for their geographical distribution and historical development;

3. Use identification keys and demonstrate a knowledge of classification systems for organisms and habitats;

4. Demonstrate knowledge of the adaptations to the environment of plants, animals and micro-organisms;

5. Use appropriate techniques for the recording, presentation, analysis and interpretation of ecological field data.

Brief description

This 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 all 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 interpreted as part of the assessed practical reports.
Information Technology Results ofr 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) Collins pocket guide: wildflowers of Britain and Northern Europe 5th edition HarperCollins Primo search Rose, F (1984) The wildflower key: a guide to plan 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 Cambridge University Press.. Combined volume hardback and two volume softback Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4