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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY5107M Biodiversity and Conservation Skills I

10 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Rupert Quinnell

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

A co-requisite with Biodiversity and Conservation Skills II BLGY5108M or MRes Biodiversity and Conservation Skills II BLGY5111M


BLGY5108MBiodiversity and Conservation Skills II
BLGY5111MMRes Biodiversity and Conservation Skills II

Module replaces

Model replaces existing 15 credit BLGY5000M

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- select appropriate statistical analyses for a range of common forms of data;
- conduct statistical analyses with the aid of computer packages;
- interpret statistical evidence;
- understand the framework of conservation in the UK.

Learning outcomes
- Students will develop their oral presentation skills, prepare and deliver a short oral presentation.
- Students will develop statistical skills in the context of current research and practice in biodiversity
and conservation.

Skills outcomes
Students will develop their oral presentation and data analysis skills.


The module will consist of lectures, tutorials and linked computer sessions for statistics.

Topics will include:
- uses of statistics
- descriptive statistics
- hypothesis testing
- ANOVA and derivatives
- regression and correlation
- categorical data analysis.

In addition there will be a residential field course weekend introducing biodiversity sampling, and a lecture and tutorial on oral presentations.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours46.00
Total Contact hours54.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Preparation for lectures, practicals and tutorials.
Completion of assessed work.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance at lectures, practicals and tutorials, and performance during practicals, will be minitored.

Assessment will be based on exercises associated with the statistics and GIS practical classes and tutorials. There will be no examination.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral Presentation1 X 7 minute10.00
Tutorial PerformanceData presentation10.00
Problem Sheet2 x stats problem sets80.00
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: 30/04/2019


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