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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY5180M Conservation Skills

5 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Rupert Quinnell

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective


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.


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

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
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

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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