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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY5307M Biodiversity and Conservation Skills

15 creditsClass Size: 55

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

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces

BLGY5107M: Biodiversity and Conservation Skills I;BLGY5108M: Biodiversity and Conservation Skills II;BLGY5111M: MRes Biodiversity and Conservation Skills II.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module covers a range of skills that are important for biodiversity and conservation. These include statistical skills, presentation skills, first aid and field safety, public understanding of science, research ethics.

Objectives

The module covers a range of skills that are important for biodiversity and conservation.

The module is an enlarged version of BLGY5107M, incorporating material from BLGY5108M/5111M and now runs over both semesters

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Perform appropriate statistical analyses for a range of common forms of data;
2. Interpret statistical evidence;
3. Understand the principles of emergency first aid and field safety;
4. Understand the framework of conservation in the UK;
5. Produce an oral presentation on a conservation topic;
6. Understand how to present ecological findings to the public;
7. Understand ethical considerations for ecological research.

Skills outcomes
Students will develop their oral presentation and data analysis skills, and will develop emergency first aid skills.


Syllabus

The module will consist of lectures, tutorials and linked computer sessions covering the use of statistics to analyse ecological data. Workshops and seminars will cover fieldwork safety, ethical issues in ecology, public understanding of science, and the framework of conservation in the UK, and a lecture and tutorials on presentation skills. In addition there will be a residential field course weekend introducing biodiversity sampling.

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
First Aid Training18.008.00
Lectures31.003.00
Lectures72.0014.00
Seminars13.003.00
Seminars21.503.00
Tutorials21.002.00
Practicals73.0021.00
Fieldwork116.0016.00
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours70.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

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 monitored.

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
Tutorial Performance.20.00
Problem Sheet2 x statistics problem sets80.00
PracticalFirst Aid exam0.00
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: 01/07/2021 16:28:42

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