NS4305: Practical Environmental Investigation

NS4305: Practical Environmental Investigation

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Practical Environmental Investigation
Module Code NS4305
Module Tutor Louise Best
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

This module aims to introduce students to a range of basic laboratory skills, incorporating experiment design and recording and the concepts of accuracy, precision and uncertainty.

This module prepares students for advanced laboratory analyses allied to the themes of Ecology (NS5205), Environmental Change (NS5303) and Water (NS5306).This skills pathway also readies students for a Geography Dissertation (NS6333) that may involve laboratory analyses.

Indicative Syllabus

Experiment design, documentation and evaluation

Accuracy, precision and uncertainty

Multiple independent measures and reliability

Primary environmental laboratory analyses

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1. Comprehend the principles, mechanisms and application of a range of laboratory techniques

2. Design an effective experiment

3. Demonstrate competency in the method and operation of laboratory equipment

4. Assess the limitations of analytical techniques and the data they generate to resolve accuracy, precision and uncertainty

5. Undertake basic laboratory work with due regard for ethical standards safety and risk assessment

6. Demonstrate a capacity for autonomous and small group practical work

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 30% Presentation: Group:: 500 words or equivalent
002: 35% Portfolio: 1250 words or equivalent
003: 35% Portfolio: 1250 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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