This course gives experience of the identification and research skills needed for ecological fieldwork. It involves a structured programme of online identification and research assignments over the academic year, with a practical examination at the end of the year. The course will develop familiarity with using identification guides, with a range of plant and animal groups, and the ecological issues associated with them.
Aims and Objectives
This unit aims to develop skills in the recognition and identification of a range of UK organisms; the use of keys and other reference sources for identification; and researching ecological background information on organisms.
By the end of, the unit, a candidate will be able to: (i) demonstrate the ability to recognize/identify a range of plants and animals likely to be encountered in an the UK, and comment on the ecological context in which they are likely to be encountered; (ii) use standard field guides; (iii) understand how to report formal and common names of organisms; (iv) obtain and report relevant ecological and conservation information about organisms.
DELIVERY METHOD: Introductory seminars, online exercises, independent field visits
STUDENT CONTACT HOURS: 6
ASSESSMENT METHOD: continuous assessment of identification exercises; 3 hour examination; field visit diary.
There is no on-line self assessment test for this module.
FEEDBACK: Students will receive feedback throughout the module