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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY5163M Plant Identification

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Steve Compton
Email: S.G.A.Compton@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

- Part 1: takes place over 5 days with a combination of field visits. There is an introduction to the theoretical basis of plant classification and the resources available to identify plants. On the following days, representative plants will be collected from several field sites and identified to species level. Further field visits will use plant identifications to produce a 'phase 1' style summary of the vegetation of an area.- Part 2: covers lectures and field sessions on the National Vegetation Classification scheme and how to use quantitative assessments of plant abundance to assign areas to NVC communities.

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- Identify the common plant families and species;
- Be able to use plant identifications to produce a 'phase 1' report for a site;
- Be able to use the plant data to assess which NVC community is present.

Syllabus

This module consists of an intense five days of activity in the field. To fit in with student timetables and other commitments, one or more of these days may be at a weekend.

A brief introduction will discuss the theoretical basis of plant classification and the resources available to identify plants. Representative plants will be collected from one or more field sites and identified to species level.

Further field visits will use plant identifications to produce a 'phase 1' style summary of the vegetation of an area, and quantitative assessments of plant abundance will be used to assign areas to NVC communities.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment13.003.00
Fieldwork85.0040.00
Group learning15.005.00
Lecture22.004.00
Private study hours98.00
Total Contact hours52.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Completion of identifications and report writing: 25 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The work is carried out across two intense periods of field work, of 5 and 2.5 days length respectively.

Monitoring of progress will be carried out at the end of the initial period, when a written exercise and identification test take place.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportReport on Phase 1 (individual)50.00
Practical ReportReport on NVC50.00
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: 27/05/2020 13:14:50

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