BIMPLAC-Project Placement

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 70 [35 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: BIMPRO Professional Skills
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Graham Holloway


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module provides the student with the opportunity to carry out work with a professional Ecological Consultancy. The student will work as directed by the consultant, collecting data as required by the client. Data will be analysed and collated in the form of consultancy reports. To achieve these ends the student will need to draw on much of the material learned during the preceding two terms.

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

• Carry out work, both field and desk related, to the standard required by a professional Ecological Consultant
• Identify a wide range of species under field conditions
• Interact and work with colleagues under field and office conditions
• Display initiative under field conditions
• Critically appraise the value of data collected in relation to known and possible constraints
• Present the results of the study in the form of a dissertation

Additional outcomes:
The module will also provide the student with the opportunity to operate within an Ecological Consultancy and to learn first-hand what is required to work within the sector.

Outline content:
The precise content of the module will vary depending on the consultant in question and the contract work secured. In all cases, however, the student will be expected to collect or research data on some aspect of ecological consultancy. In most cases the work is likely to entail both desk-based study as well as work under field conditions.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The students will learn what is required to work within the ecological consultancy sector first-hand. Whilst the student will be required to embark on studies as directed by the consultancy, they will need to show the level of initiative required to carry out field work and to collect the data. Students will be required to construct a dissertation in the form of a critical portfolio throughout their placement period. Students will have supervisors both with the University and the consultancy to whom they can go for advice during writing up.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Placement 700
Total hours by term 700.00
Total hours for module 700.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 40
Oral assessment and presentation 20
Practical skills assessment 40

Summative assessment- Examinations:
Not applicable

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
The final mark for the module will consist of four elements: a mark derived from the dissertation (portfolio) (40%); a performance report from the consultancy (40%); an oral presentation (10%) and an interview (10%) where students will be questioned to establish their depth of understanding of the business of consultancy.

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:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of at least 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission of continuous assignments the following year 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: 20 April 2018


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