MSc Species Identification and Survey Skills - Modules
Plant diversity professionals require a wide range of practical communication and scientific skills. This module is taught by University staff and visiting external colleagues from research institutes, ecological consultancies and other organisations.
Practical communication skills are taught include writing and presenting scientific and consultancy work, social media for biodiversity professionals and copyright issues, making presentations and acquiring an understanding of entrepreneurship and business skills.
This module also covers IUCN red-listing theory and practice, biological recording and the work of the environmental consultancy industry including how to carry out a background data search, botanical and animal survey methods and wildlife legislation. Students carry out a Phase 1 habitat survey and mapping exercise in the Autumn term and an extended Phase 1 assignment in the Spring term including a National Vegetation Classification (NVC) quadrat survey. The data are analysed and the results reported verbally and in written reports. Students gain practical experience on how to prepare a tender for a consultancy project, they also learn how to manage such projects.
By the end of the module students should be able to communicate to a professional audience through use of social media and other web tools; write reports clearly and concisely using good English; carry out a habitat and quadrat surveys and present the results to industry standards.
Assignments include: Social media assignment; Writing assignment, Phase 1 habitat survey assignment, Extended Phase 1 survey and National Vegetation Classification survey assignment.
This module is 20 credits and runs in the Autumn & Spring Terms and is taught by Dr Jonathan Mitchley and Dr Alastair Culham together with colleagues from RSK Group Ltd., and professionals from institutions such as the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.