BIMPRO-Professional Skills

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:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Jonathan Mitchley

Email: j.mitchley@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module introduces the ecological consultancy industry, how it works and what it does; The module focuses on professional communication skills in written and oral communication and in the professional use of social media; it introduces the plant and animal survey methods used by ecological consultants; it introduces consultancy project management and tendering; it introduces herbarium use, biological recording, IUCN red listing carried out by professional ecological consultants and conservationists.


Aims:


  • To introduce the ecological consultancy industry, how it works and what it does;

  • To enhance professional communication skills in written and oral communication and in the professional use of social media;

  • To introduce plant and animal survey methods used by ecological consultants;

  • To carry out an extended Phase 1 habitat survey and present the results to industry standards;

  • To introduce consultancy project management and tendering;

  • To introduce herbarium use, biological recording, IUCN red listing carried out by professional ecological consultants and conservationists.


Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students should be able to:




  • Write reports clearly and concisely using good English;

  • Communicate to a professional audience through social media;

  • Carry out extended Phase 1 habitat survey and present the results to industry standards;

  • Prepare a competitive tender for an ecological consultancy project.



 


Additional outcomes:

Knowledge of the ecological consultancy industry, herbarium skills, IUCN red-listing, biological recording, local conservation action.


Outline content:


  • Introduction to the ecological consultancy industry;

  • Social media including copyright issues;

  • Report writing skills;

  • Plant and animal survey methods for ecological consultants;

  • UK extended Phase 1 habitat survey;

  • Biological recording and biodiversity data online;

  • Red listing for conservation;

  • Use of a herbarium by biodiversity professionals;

  • Consultancy project management, tendering and quotes;

  • Local conservation action.



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Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures, seminars and practicals.



 


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 14 10
Seminars 10 14
Practicals classes and workshops 6 6
Guided independent study: 70 70
       
Total hours by term 100 100
       
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 20
Report 20
Practical skills assessment 20
Set exercise 40

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:


  1. Social media assignment 20%;

  2. Writing assignment 20%;

  3. Extended Phase 1 survey assignment 40%;

  4. Tendering exercise 20%.


Formative assessment methods:

Class discussion and feedback sessions, peer learning.


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

Assessment requirements for a pass:

50% 


Reassessment arrangements:

Submission of new assignments in August


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 10 April 2019

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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