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BSc Ecology and Conservation Biology(For students entering from September 2024 onwards)

Year 1

(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)

Learning outcomes

1. Describe and discuss fundamental concepts that underpin the study of ecology and conservation, including biodiversity, evolution and genetics.
2. Demonstrate an awareness of the complexity and diversity of living organisms.
3. Demonstrate an awareness of the interrelationships between organisms and their environment.
4. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of, and practical competencies in, foundational experimental techniques used for the study of ecology and conservation, including qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
5. Demonstrate practical skills in quantifying biodiversity abundance and distributions, while undertaking laboratory and fieldwork safety, ethical and professional practices in a range of situations, in individual and in group work contexts.
6. Design, implement and record outputs from simple appropriately controlled experiments.

Skills Learning Outcomes
Students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following skills, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
1. Demonstrate skills in handling scientific information; including locating and selecting relevant information from appropriate sources and using it to solve problems.
2. Analyse and interpret quantitative data using simple analytical and computational tools.
3. Communicate scientific information in relevant formats.


We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop and assess the specific learning and skills outcomes. At level 1 these include assessed practical work, including field-based skills, involving basic skills and safety competencies, data handling and problem-solving exercises, multiple-choice tests, group work, essays, posters and oral presentations. There will be opportunities to complete practice questions and receive feedback to support learning.


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