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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY5307M Biodiversity and Conservation Skills

15 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Rupert Quinnell

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

Year running 2022/23

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

This module is designed to provide graduates with the broad range of skills that they will need either to study conservation at a higher degree level or for conservation careers.


By the end of the module, students will have learnt a range of skills that are important for biodiversity and conservation. Skills include statistical analysis, research design, communication skills, ethics, fieldwork safety and first aid.

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 and present statistical evidence;
3. Plan research projects based on their understanding of the scientific method;
4. Understand the principles of emergency first aid and field safety;
5. Understand how to present ecological findings to various audiences;
7. Understand ethical considerations for ecological research.

Skills outcomes
Students will develop skills in the context of current research and practice in biodiversity and conservation.


The module will consist of lectures, linked computer sessions and tutorials covering the use of statistics to analyse ecological data, study design and communication skills. Workshops will cover fieldwork safety, ethics, public understanding of science, with practical sessions for first aid training.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
First Aid Training18.008.00
Private study hours85.00
Total Contact hours65.00
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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentGrant proposal: Group grant proposal50.00
Problem SheetProblem sheet 1 x statistics problem sets50.00
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: 16/12/2022


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