Conservation Research Skills
- Module code
- Module leader
- Kelly Swallow
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 200 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 30 hours
- Teaching period
- Semester 2
Students will develop valuable research skills in this module through the design and implementation of a supervised independent research investigation, which enables students to pursue a relevant topic area of their choice. The module is designed to build on wildlife and habitat research skills and to prepare students for research investigations in the workplace or in further study. The independent research investigation allows students to apply the knowledge and understanding accumulated throughout their programme of study.
The module encompasses a range of lecturer-led and independent learning within the following areas:
- Research design, data collection, data analysis, interpretation and reporting of findings. Taught through a practice primary data collection project.
- Synthesising ecological, environmental and conservation knowledge and understanding into an independent research project.
- Learning to self-direct a project with lecturer supervision in preparation for employment for or further study
To achieve credit for this module, students must:
- Apply research methods theory to design a feasible wildlife/ habitat conservation research investigation.
- Collect and analyse primary data.
- Report the findings of the investigation in a field research report format.
- Direct and organise a research project under supervision and within safety requirements.
|Coursework||Proposal and reading list (1000 words)||30%|
|Coursework||Project report (3000 words)||70%|
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- Cottrell, S. (2014) Dissertations and project reports: a step by step guide. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Gardener, M. (2014) Community ecology: analytical methods using R and Excel. Pelagic Publishing.
- Henderson, P.A. and Southwood, T.R.E. (2016) Ecological methods. 4th edn. Wiley Blackwell.
- Hill, D. (ed.) (2005) Handbook of biodiversity methods: survey, evaluation and monitoring. Cambridge University Press.
- Robson, C. (2014) How to do a research project: a guide for undergraduate students. 2nd ed. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
- Sutherland, W.J. (2006) Ecological census techniques: a handbook. 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press.
- Wentz, E.A. (2014) How to design, write, and present a successful dissertation proposal. SAGE.
- Wheater, C.P., Bell, J.R. and Cook, P.A. (2011) Practical field ecology: a project guide. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
- Begon, M., Howarth, R.W. and Townsend, C.R. (2014) Essentials of ecology. 4th ed. John Wiley.
- Gurnell, J. and Flowerdew, J.R. (2006) Live trapping small mammals. Elsevier Science
- Harris, S. and Yalden, D.W. (eds.) (2008) Mammals of the British Isles: handbook. 4th ed. Mammal Society.
- Krausman, P.R. and Leopold, B.D. (2013) Essential readings in wildlife management and conservation. Johns Hopkins University Press.
- McGarigal, K., Cushman, S. and Stafford, S. (2000) Multivariate statistics for wildlife and ecology research. Springer.
- Mills, L.S. (2013) Conservation of wildlife populations: demography, genetics, and management. 2nd ed. Wiley-Blackwell.
- Shaw, P.J.A. (2003) Multivariate statistics for the environmental sciences. John Wiley.
- Sinclair, A.R.E., Fryxell, J.M. and Caughley, G. (2006) Wildlife ecology, conservation and management. 2nd ed. Blackwell Publishing.