|Delivery length / details
|1 x 60 Hour Field Trip
|Assessment length / details
|Group project. Presented as a poster during field course.
|Field course report 1.
|Field course report 2.
|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. operate safely and effectively a wide variety of sampling and environmental sensing equipment in field conditions.
2. apply appropriate analytical techniques to aid interpretation of the data they obtain, and they should have improved their ability to communicate their conclusions in poster form.
3. identify a variety of freshwater organisms to species level.
4. attempt the identification of almost any unknown specimens from freshwater habitats.
5. through field experience, demonstrate an improved understanding of the benthic and open water communities in lakes.
The course is residential. The location is chosen to provide access to a large lake, with adjacent laboratory facilities. In each part of the course practical work is preceded by lectures introducing the practical assignments. The material covered may vary with location, but will generally include analysis of littoral and sublittoral benthic communities, a study of open water biology (water column and plankton) and examination of freshwater fishes.
Again working in groups, students also work on open water limnology. Here they prepare depth profiles for temperature, light and dissolved oxygen, taking additional samples for measurement of conductivity, pH, nitrate and phosphate. Biomass of phytoplankton is estimated by chlorophyll a analysis, and zooplankton distribution and abundance are also quantified. This part of the course is assessed on the basis of individually-written reports submitted during the first semester.
The remaining section of the course focuses on fish biology and aims to give students experience of sampling, identification and analysis (e.g. weight/length relationships, growth rates, dietary analysis etc.) of a variety of fish species. This part of the course is assessed on the basis of an individual report submitted at the end of the course.
|Application of Number
|Through the analysis of quantitative data collected in the littoral and open water parts of the module
|Through reading and listening in a variety of contexts. Preparation of the assessed materials, which include individually written reports, jointly prepared posters, and individually produced leaflets and web pages, as appropriate
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Through discussion of performance within groups, subsequent peer assessment and feedback following submission of assessed work
|Through the use of appropriate software for the analysis and presentation of results, and through use of additional literature sources provided in electronic format or sought through e-search
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Develop awareness of personal skills and interests in relation to potential careers or further courses
|Through identifying problems in acquiring relevant data, design of appropriate sampling strategies and selection of methods
|Through planning and conducting field sampling, producing academically appropriate reports and evaluating the research outcomes
|Subject Specific Skills
|Use of field equipment specific to fresh water biology. Taxonomic skills with respect to freshwater organisms. Appreciation of health and safety issues relevant to freshwater field work.
|Through the littoral survey, which is entirely group work, and through the collection of open water data, which is also group-based. Groups are required to set their own goals, plan and carry out a variety of activities and to monitor their own performance
This module is at CQFW Level 6