NS4205: Introduction to Ecological and Environmental Methods

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NS4205: Introduction to Ecological and Environmental Methods

Module Title Introduction to Ecological and Environmental Methods
Module Code NS4205
Module Tutor Liz Hamilton
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

This module aims to equip students with basic research, laboratory and field skills. This foundation, delivered by Academic Review Tutors, will encompass learning and personal development. Such skills will be required for successful completion of an undergraduate degree, prove transferable to sectors beyond academia and will engender life-long learning. Taking an enquiry-led approach, students will be introduced to the process, pace and production of a piece of group-based research.

This module forms part of the Research and Fieldwork pathway, preparing students for NS5208 Residential Fieldwork or NS5311 Fieldwork Elective: Natural Sciences, and NS6224 Ecology & Environmental Science Dissertation.

Indicative Syllabus

Locating, citing and referencing appropriate sources

Preparation and execution of assessments


Academic and professional career planning


Scientific enquiry and experimental design


Basic Mapping and GIS


Basic field and laboratory skills in Ecology & Environmental Science


Group-based research design, planning, execution and reporting

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1. Understand and demonstrate the importance of effective study skills to successful study

2. Demonstrate a solid grounding in laboratory and field techniques and the ability to apply these to specific projects with tutor guidance

3. Plan and undertake group-based research and reports assessing the reliability and implications of findings within prescribed research limits

4. Operate with limited autonomy under direction in a field context, applying basic ecological and environmental skills


5. Work effectively with others and recognise the factors that affect team performance


6. Demonstrate awareness of personal capabilities and aspirations in key areas and engage in self-guided development activity

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 96
Independent Learning Hours: 204
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 3000 words or equivalent
002: 50% Coursework: Group work, standard, written: 3000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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