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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY1300 Coastal and Upland Habitats Field Course

10 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Dr Cassandra Raby

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


Learning outcomes
At the end of the module, the students should be able to:
- sample and monitor field populations using the appropriate techniques,
- identify to a certain level the organisms concerned,
- test hypotheses related to the ecology of the organisms,
- carry out simple analyses of the results obtained, and
- present their results in the form of a written report, poster or oral presentation.


This field course provides an opportunity for those students registered for biological science degrees to undertake field-based studies. Field studies are based in Millport. Introductory lectures are provided on the first day, and each student then takes one sub-module of 3.5 days duration.

Daily routines will involve a combination of field studies at various sites on the Isle of Cumbra, Scotland and laboratory-based preparatory and follow-up work in the laboratories of the Millport Field Studies Council Centre.

The sub-modules include Terrestrial Invertebrates, Parasitology, Plant Ecophysiology and Marine Biology. The emphasis within the different sub-modules varies, but all include elements of biological identification, hypothesis testing, data collection and interpretation and the written and verbal presentation of results.

Part of the final morning is set aside for discussions of the practical reports.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours66.00
Total Contact hours34.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

66 Private study hours; analysing data, writing reports and presentations.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Daily attendance at, and active participation in, classes and practical field work session will be monitored.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationSeminar presentations and/or written reports100.00
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: 05/08/2022


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