BIMPL3-UK Field Courses

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Jonathan Mitchley


Summary module description:

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

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students should be able to: identify a 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 species and 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 plant species and vegetation types during an extended residential field course in Dorset and Cornwall. 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:
Residential field course with integrated field classes and workshops.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Fieldwork 80
Guided independent study 20
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 30
Practical skills assessment 40
Set exercise 30

Other information on summative assessment:
1. NVC vegetation report. To be handed in mid May. (30%).
2. ID test held during the field course (40%).
3. Species list (30%). To be submitted on the Monday after the field course.

Relative percentage of coursework: 100%

Formative assessment methods:
Spot tests and quizzes and experience working together and individually on problems of plant identification and vegetation survey and assessment.

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:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

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

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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