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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY2313 Mediterranean Ecology Field Course

10 creditsClass Size: 32

Module manager: Professor Bill Kunin
Email: w.e.kunin@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisites

BLGY1300Coastal and Upland Habitats Field Course

Module replaces

BLGY2311

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Objectives

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to:
- design and carry out simple ecological field research projects.
- develop research proposals, conduct field work, analyse their data, and present their findings both in written form and in the form of a research seminar.

The module will be sited abroad to provide exposure to a wide range of habitats helping provide experience in global ecological diversity.


Syllabus

The Mediterranean ecology field course will take place at an international research station in southern Spain, so as to expose ecology students to a range of unfamiliar habitats and species.

Students will work in small groups. Each group will choose a research topic from a list of options, or develop a topic of their own in consultation with the module manager.

Students will do background reading relevant to the subject prior to the field course, and spend the duration of the field course carrying out the research.

At the end of the 11 day field course, each group will present a short seminar and a report outlining its findings.

This module is compulsory for students studying “Ecology & Conservation Biology”, so for these students there is no cost associated with participation. For other students, (for those studying Biology or Zoology, for example) there is a charge of £700 (approximately) which includes flights, transfers to the Research Station, food and accommodation.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture21.002.00
Practical88.0064.00
Seminar14.004.00
Private study hours30.00
Total Contact hours70.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress monitoring and formative feedback is given on-the-spot by project supervisors throughout the field course.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Literature ReviewLiterature review - 1,500 word45.00
PresentationGroup presentation45.00
Self/Peer AssessmentField performance10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 25/04/2019

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