|Module Title||HABITAT ECOLOGY|
|Co-ordinator||Mr David Powell|
|Other staff||Mr Stephen Walsh|
|Assessment||Practical report||Practical report book Outcomes assessed: 2, 3, 4, 5||40%|
|In-course assessment||Three tests during semester Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3||60%|
Identify the basic principles and practical applications of classification systems for the naming of organisms and habitats.
a. Classification systems and the nomenclature of groups of organisms and of habitats are understood
b. Use of identification keys is undertaken
Classification systems - Binomial systems, Phase 1, NVC
Identification keys - dichotomous
Identify the development and characteristics of habitats
a. A range of terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats are described.
b. The geographical distribution and historical development of habitats in relation to land use, abiotic and biotic factors are
Habitats - a selection of UK habitats from coastal, upland, heathland, grassland, marine, woodland, urban, wetland, freshwater.
Demonstrate an understanding of practical ecological techniques.
a. a range of abiotic factors are measured in the field
b. Sampling methods for recording the distribution and abundance of a range of organisms are understood and performed in
Habitats - a selection of UK habitats from coastal, upland, heathland, grassland, marine, woodland, wetland, freshwater
Abiotic Factors - to include climatic, edaphic, topographic, nutrients, oxygen.
Sampling - random, systematic, stratified random, counts, percentage cover, frequency of occurrence.
Produce scientific reports of field visits
a. Field data is presented in an appropriate manner.
b. Field data is analysed and interpreted in relation to basic ecological principles.
Field data: Tables, graphs, charts. Numerical analysis. Scientific format. Discussion. Conclusions.