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This module provides an opportunity for students to develop the practical field skills essential for a career in field-based applied ecology. There are two modes of study for this module: (1) A period of work or volunteering activity spent on a project with a substantial element of fieldwork with a host organisation, employer, or potentially, within the University itself. The placement project will involve a tangible outcome, which is then assessed (2) Attendance on a University-run residential field course to undertake original field research In negotiation with staff, each student proposes a programme of work with clear objectives suitable to the level of study, allowing them to demonstrate achievement of a set of field skills and transferable skills such as written and oral communication. Attending a University-run residential field course will incur an additional fee.
The field ecology module develops essential field skills and increases students’ understanding of applied ecology through practical work. Students will be expected to develop and plan a project directly related to field ecology. For students working with a host organisation, this project must culminate in a tangible outcome through which the student can demonstrate skills and attributes appropriate to Level 7. For students attending a University-run residential field course, this project must involve original research through which primary data are collected and analysed. Students will be supported by preparatory and follow-up sessions in the classroom, resources on virtual learning environments and, in some cases, supervision in the field.
A student passing this module should be able to: 1. Plan and undertake a substantial and original field based project using suitable ecological methods 2. Demonstrate ability to work effectively within an organisational structure to contribute to achievement of collective goals; 3. Demonstrate a high level of management and communication skills, including problem definition, project design, decision processes and teamwork. 4. Communicate at an appropriate level project outcomes in a manner suitable for a professional audience.
Scheduled Contact Hours: 15 Independent Learning Hours: 285
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