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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY5180M Conservation Skills

5 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Rupert Quinnell
Email: R.J.Quinnell@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Objectives

The module is aimed at providing hands-on practical skills relating to a specialized area of study and as such offers choice from amongst a range of topics that will be of value for sampling and monitoring populations, or for conservation management.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have
- developed their written presentation skills, and written a piece of science journalism;
- researched and prepared a (mock) funding application;
- understood the principles and practice of emergency first aid, and risk assessment and safety planning for fieldwork;
- understood how ethics impacts on ecological research;
- understood the practice of freshwater biodiversity recording and sampling in a Yorkshire context.


Syllabus

The module will consist of lectures, workshops and practical sessions covering grant-writing; survey design; public understanding of science; emergency first aid and fieldwork safety; freshwater biodiversity and invertebrate surveys; ethics; conservation issues.

Topics to be covered may vary slightly from year to year.

Only one option is available to each student. If tuition costs to the school exceed £250 the individual student will need to pay the difference personally.

Initial options include:
- Bat survey techniques
- Newt survey techniques
- Small mammal trapping
- Bird census techniques
- Chain saw use (certificated)
- Brushcutter use (certificated)
- Single rope tree-climbing techniques (certificated).

The module comprises key practical skills for a conservation career, in some case leading to a professional certificate.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Practical48.0032.00
Private study hours18.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)50.00

Private study

Background reading, preparation for practical examinations: up to 26 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Because of the compressed nature of the options, formal assessments will be at the end only.
- Informal monitoring throughout.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalPractical performance exercises, based on option taken. PASS/ FAIL100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Practical exercises, usually on the last day of the option. Note: because of the diversity of options, the marks obtained will not count towards overall assessment, i.e. the module is pass/fail only.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:19:37

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