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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE3690 Advanced Fieldwork: Principles of Environmental Ecology

10 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Dr Colin Pitts

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students must have studied either of the pre-requisite modules. If the module is oversubscribed, priority will go to students who have taken both modules.


SOEE2170Water Quality
SOEE2690Managing Biodiversity

This module is not approved as a discovery module


1. To provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced skills in fieldwork activities including: selecting and applying sampling frameworks; data collection and analysis methods; and team-working.
2. To develop student awareness of the limitations of different methodological approaches.
3. To extend student presentation skills in both written and verbal formats
4. To provide students with problem solving exercises to develop team work, decision making and self management.

The fieldwork for this module will take place at a date to be confirmed. There is a cost involved to this fieldcourse which is payable in instalments - the cost is to be confirmed.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module you will be able to:
1. Apply theoretical knowledge in practice
2. Design and apply sampling frameworks in different fieldwork situations
3. Demonstrate advanced skills in data collection, fieldwork methods and data analysis
4. Evaluate ecological approaches in management planning
5. Evaluate human modifications to the environment
6. Be aware of the ethical and moral issues of undertaking ecological investigations.

Skills outcomes
- Knowledge and skills in ecological fieldwork
- Presentation skills in written and verbal formats
- Critical thinking and reflection.


Woodland surveys
Shingle ridge surveys
Stream hydrology and nutrient budgets
Aquatic ecology

The final 2 days are a group research project on the Slapton National Nature Reserve

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours2.00
Total Contact hours98.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

2 hours of directed reading to be given out before the fieldtrip commences and during the 2 1-hour pre-briefing lectures.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Submission of daily research reports on the activities and learning that has taken place on each day (Summative).
- Advice and feedback will be provided by staff while daily activities are taking place (Formative).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report2 x 1,000 word project reports60.00
Report1 x 2000 word group research report20.00
Presentation1 x 15 minute talk based on group research report20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 17/03/2016


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