BIMWL1-Field Trips

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

Module Convenor: Dr Graham Holloway


Summary module description:

This module has three important aims:
• An enhanced appreciation of the level of biodiversity in the wider countryside coupled with an increased ability to identify species.
• Providing students with understanding and appreciation of a variety of important practical aspects of conservation.
• Exposure to organisations of potential employment.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to demonstrate increased knowledge of wildlife and its identification under field conditions. These skills are required by many wildlife organisations and consultancies.

Additional outcomes:
Students will be able to:
• describe and discuss critically the roles played by different non-government organisations in conservation
• understand and, in some cases, apply various techniques employed under field conditions to facilitate the conservation of endangered species and habitats

Outline content:
Every week will involve a trip away from the university. Students will experience a variety of different habitats and engage with elements of wildlife in each. Students will also have the opportunity to experience the operations of a number of organisations involved in conservation and to develop some practical skills that could be of use in future employment. The structure of the module is very varied involving seminars, visits to external organisations and field trips to nature reserves for hands-on work and wildlife identification. Some of this work might involve habitat management procedures or radio-tracking.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Most of the sessions are held entirely out-of-doors and wildlife identification and issues will be dealt with here. Any seminars are delivered outside the university and held in an informal manner offering a continuous opportunity for discussion. The practical sessions in the field are designed to broaden the experience of the students and to better understand what is involved in, for example, managing a nature reserve or an NGO. The assignments are all field based and require students to spend extended periods of time learning under field conditions. They are designed to get students to engage more with wildlife and to develop identification skills.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
External visits 65
Guided independent study 35
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Other information on summative assessment:
The module will be assessed through the production of a wildlife logbook. Students will be expected to engage with wildlife under field conditions and to demonstrate how their identification skills are developing as the course progresses. An interim inspection of the logbook will be carried out by the course convener at the end of the autumn term. The logbook will be assessed on a pass fail basis at the end of the spring term.

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:

Length of examination:
Not applicable

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of at least 50%

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission of coursework 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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