BIMWPRO-Wildlife Management Project

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 60 [30 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 Graham Holloway

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

Summary module description:

Aims:
This module provides the student with the opportunity to carry out some original research into some aspect of wildlife management and conservation and in doing so to apply 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:
- Design experiments to collect data relevant to wildlife management under field conditions
- 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 thesis 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 also provide the student with the opportunity to work within a conservation organization.

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 wildlife management and to make a novel contribution to the subject. In most cases, work will be conducted under field conditions.

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 them during the writing-up stage. The data presentation and analytical procedures learned during ASMA01 should be demonstrated in the write-up.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Guided independent study 600
       
Total hours by term 600.00
       
Total hours for module 600.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework: Students independently write a structured dissertation describing the project carried out. The data preparation, presentation and analytical techniques developed during BIMWA1 will be assessed as part of the dissertation.

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:
Not applicable

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

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission in September the following year.

Last updated: 30 May 2014

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