Module Identifier RS11720  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr David R Powell  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Graham P Harris  
Course delivery Lecture   40 Hours  
  Practical   24 Hours 5 x 3 hour practicals/field visits  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam1.5 Hours Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 4  50%
Semester Assessment Coursework: Practical Report Book Outcomes assessed: 2, 3, 4, 5  50%
Supplementary Exam1.5 Hours  100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should:

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.

Transferable skills

.1 Independent project work
Preparation of practical report book.

.2 IT and information handling
Results for some field exercises will be collated using spreadsheets.
Supplementary information for the module will be made available via the internet.

.3 Use and analysis of numerical information
Field exercises will comprise data collection using a variety of techniques. Data will be charted, analysed and interpreted as part of the assessed field reports.

.4 Writing in an academic context
Field reports are to be written up in standard scientific report format.

.7 Self-management
Production of practical report book will require good self-management

.8 Group activity
Some fieldwork activities will be carried out in groups.

Reading Lists

Chapman J L and Reiss, M J (1998) Ecology: Principles and application 2nd. Cambridge University Press
Clegg, C J and McKean, D G (2000) Advanced Biology: Principles and applications 2nd. John Murray
Fitter R, Fitter A and Blamey M (1996) Collins pocket guide: wildflowers of Britain and Northern Europe 5th. HarperCollins
Rose, F (1991) The wildflower key, Britishg Isles and North West Europe; A guide to plan identification in the field, with and without flowers Warne
Taylor, D T, Green N P O and Stout, G W (1997) Biological Science 1 & 2 3rd. Cambridge University Press


This module is at CQFW Level 4