BIMEPRO-Entomology Project

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Graham Holloway

Email: g.j.holloway@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module provides the student with the opportunity to carry out original research into some aspects of entomology focussing on pre-existing large entomological datasets, collections or data derived from winter fieldwork.


Aims:

The module provides the student with the opportunity to carry out original research into some aspects of entomology focussing on pre-existing large entomological datasets, collections or data derived from winter fieldwork. The module will utilise learning from BIMWA12 to inform statistical analysis.


Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:



- Design experiments to collect data relevant to entomology under field conditions                                                       



OR



- Source and assess suitable entomology datasets for desk-based research.



- Present and analyse data



- Critically appraise the value of the data in relation to known and possible constraints



- Present the results of the study in the form of a project report containing an introduction to the problem, precise description of the methods followed, accurate and appropriate analysis and presentation of the data, and a final discussion where the results are considered in the light of other published studies.


Additional outcomes:

In many cases the module will provide the student an opportunity to work with organisations such as the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust or British Entomological and Natural History society.


Outline content:

The precise content of the module will vary depending on the nature of the project embarked on. In all cases, however, the student will be expected to collect or research data on some aspect of entomology and to make a novel contribution to the subject.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The students will learn of the problems associated with carrying out original research first-hand. Students will be expected to consider potential problems beforehand and to discuss design and analysis with academics both within the university and the organization with which they may be working. Students will have one-to-one advice available to throughout. The data presentation and analytical procedures learned should be demonstrated in the write-up.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Guided independent study 300 300
       
Total hours by term 300.00 300.00
       
Total hours for module 600.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:

50%


Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission in September the following year


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 17 December 2018

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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