GV3MBFC-Mediterranean Biogeography Field Class

Module Provider: Geography and Environmental Science
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
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Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Geoffrey Griffiths

Email: g.h.griffiths@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The module will examine the impact of human activity on European habitats and species at landscapes scales, with particular reference to Mediterranean landscapes. A series of linked lectures and practicals will be used to introduce students to topics, including: distribution of species and habitats; measurement techniques (field survey, air-photography & satellite imagery); impact of human activity; conservation planning and policy; ecological restoration and assessment of ecological value.

The module will include a one-week fieldclass to Cyprus to put theory and techniques into practice.

Aims:
The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the factors that have shaped the evolution of landscapes in a Mediterranean context, with a strong focus on field techniques.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module it is expected that a student will be able to:
•Critically assess and apply the principles of landscape ecology
•Interpret landscapes and understand the processes of landscape evolution
•Explain the techniques required for the measurement of landscape pattern and structure
•Apply the principles of landscape ecology for the management and protection of Mediterranean landscapes.

Additional outcomes:
Students will acquire skills in the collection and analysis of ecological field data. Specific skills will include field data collection, quantitative description and analysis of vegetation data and GIS.

Outline content:
Teaching will involve both preparatory lecture and practical sessions followed by fieldwork in a Mediterranean island location. There will be some quantitative analysis with a strong emphasis on the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and other techniques (GV2SDA is a pre-requisite).

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Practicals classes and workshops 20
Fieldwork 50
Guided independent study 120
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

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Other information on summative assessment:
The module will be assessed by coursework including a post-fieldclass practical report.

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Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

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    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: Students will be required to contribute to the costs of travel, food and accommodation on this field class. Grants towards costs may be available from the University Study and Travel Fund.

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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