BIMPK12-Vegetation Survey and Assessment

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Jonathan Mitchley

Email: j.mitchley@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

To introduce the study of field botany;



• To introduce common families of vascular plants, orders of bryophytes and main types of epiphytic lichens in the UK;



• To develop practical identification skills including the use of keys and other aids to the identification;



• To develop understanding of the biogeography and ecology of plants and vegetation.


Aims:

To introduce the study of field botany;




  • To introduce common families of vascular plants, orders of bryophytes and main types of epiphytic lichens in the UK;

  • To develop practical identification skills including the use of keys and other aids to the identification;

  • To develop understanding of the biogeography and ecology of plants and vegetation.


Assessable learning outcomes:

The identification of a wide range of common higher and lower plant species found in and around    Berkshire using living material in the lab and in the field, using living material and keys;




  • The ability to construct and evaluate a key and other aids to plant ID;

  • To understand the factors affecting the distribution and ecology of plants and vegetation in Britain


Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

Field botany, plant ID (vascular plants, bryophytes and lichens) to identify plants in vegetative and flowering condition;

The parts of a flower;



Using low and high power light microscopes to aid identification of higher and lower plants;



Use of a herbarium by biodiversity professionals;



Writing and evaluating keys to aid identification of plants;



Extreme botany - identification using fruits, seeds and plant fragments;

Analysing biogeography and ecology of plants and vegetation in Britain.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures, workshops, lab sessions and herbarium session for plant ID or data analysis, field classes for vegetation survey and data collection and plant ID


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 10
Seminars 10 10
Practicals classes and workshops 30 30
Fieldwork 30 30
Guided independent study 20 20
       
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 30
Set exercise 20
Class test administered by School 50

Other information on summative assessment:

1. Plant ID tests in lab and field 50%.

2. Construction and evaluation of a key 20%.



3. Plant species reports 30%.







Relative percentage of coursework: 100% 


Formative assessment methods:

Regular formative plant ID tests.

Practice key sessions.



 


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:
None

Requirements for a pass:
50%

Reassessment arrangements:
Submission of additional coursework

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: 3 October 2017

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