BI2EEE4-Biodiversity: Exploiters and Exploited

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Paul Hatcher

Email: p.e.hatcher@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
To present the diversity of living animals through a series of topics based around organisms that are exploited by humankind.

Aims:
To present the diversity of living organisms through a series of topics based around organisms that are exploited by humankind.

Assessable learning outcomes:
•To appreciate some of the animals that have been exploited by Man
•To appreciate some of the animals that exploit Man
•To understand some of the key concepts underlying this exploitation
•To appreciate and understand the underlying political, historical and economic reasons for the nature of the interactions between animals and man
•To appreciate the role of science in these real-world situations and understand the danger of science being misused by economic and political interests.

Additional outcomes:
Ethical and practical issues concerned with Man’s relationship with other creatures.
Development of independent learning/e-learning skills and abilities to synthesize biological knowledge into socially relevant material.

Outline content:
The lecture content will cover selected animal-based content from Hatcher & Battey (2011) Biological Diversity: Exploiters and Exploited. Wiley-Blackwell

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 6
Practicals classes and workshops 4
Guided independent study 70
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Written assignment including essay 30
Project output other than dissertation 10

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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.

    Length of examination:
    One-and-a-half-hour-paper

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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