BIMPL23-UK Field Courses

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Jonathan Mitchley

Email: j.mitchley@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
To provide students with the opportunity to carry out plant identification and vegetation survey and assessment in a range of lowland, upland and coastal plant communities in Britain.
To develop advanced plant identification skills.
To develop vegetation survey and assessment skills.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students should be able to: identify a very wide range of British and European vascular plants, bryophytes and lichens; apply the principles and practice gained to attempt the identification of any higher or lower plant from the UK or elsewhere in the Europe and the Northern hemisphere;
record and classify vegetation in the field, using appropriate techniques.

Additional outcomes:
Experience working together and individually on problems of plant identification and vegetation survey and assessment.

Outline content:
The fieldwork is designed to introduce a range of vegetation types, with coastal, upland and
limestone communities forming the basis of the two residential field courses. Methods of recording and classifying vegetation will be developed and will focus on the interpretation of vegetation patterns in relation to environmental factors.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Field classes and workshops.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 50
Fieldwork 100
Guided independent study 50
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 15
Portfolio 15
Project output other than dissertation 15
Practical skills assessment 40
Set exercise 15

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework:
1. One plant collection and ID report. To be handed in week 2 of July. (15%).
2. Phase 2 survey report. To be handed in week 3 of June. (15%).
3. Seminar on the survey and assessment of a vegetation type visited and surveyed during one of the residential field courses. (15%).
4. ID tests held in week 1 of July. (40%).
5. Species list (15%). To be submitted week 3 of July.

Relative percentage of coursework: 100%

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

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
50%

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission of assessed work in September.

Last updated: 30 May 2014

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