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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY3300 Level 3 Field Course (South Africa)

20 creditsClass Size: 22

Module manager: Dr Rupert Quinnell

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

Because of space limitations, this module is limited to 22 students. If the modules is oversubscribed, students with the highest averages across all Faculty modules will be allowed to enrol.

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Students on BSc Biology, BSc Zoology and BSc Ecology programmes who select this module as an option should be aware that the cost per student is likely to be in the region of £2,200.00 to cover flights, accommodation and food.


Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- plan and execute a short research project under African conditions;
- produce seminars outlining the objectives of their proposed research and its methodology and the results they have obtained and their significance;
- produce a written project report, structured as a research paper;
- demonstrate an appreciation of the landscape, diversity and ecology of an area of Africa (Eastern Cape of South Africa).


This module offers students the opportunity to gain ecological experience in a diverse semi-arid area of Southern Africa where a major programme of large game re-introductions is currently underway that has produced a mosaic of adjacent sites contain varying proportions of the original African fauna.

The intense two week programme comprises:
- a short project (past projects have included Vigilance behaviour in antelope, the landscape of fear and ungulate distribution, feeding behaviour in birds etc.;
- lectures by staff and local experts covering geology, vegetation, birds, game management etc.,
- demonstrations of techniques and a field trip to the coast.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours84.00
Total Contact hours116.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress monitoring and formative feedback is given on-the-spot by project supervisors throughout the fieldcourse.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationGroup presentations on aims/methods and results, and a risk assessment25.00
In-course AssessmentIndividual Literature review on a relevant topic (submitted March)40.00
In-course AssessmentField notebook (birds)10.00
PresentationIndividual presentation25.00
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: 24/05/2024 17:05:30


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