Module: Ecology Field Tour

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Felicity Crotty
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    60 hours

Module content

The field study tour module is designed develop students’ experience of observation and investigation of wildlife and their adaptations in a contrasting environment. The module provides the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of conflicts between wildlife conservation and land-use, and to gain experience in planning and organizing a field expedition.

Student will make field excursions and undertake field work. The field tour will be supported by a series of lectures and workshops during which the student will be required to participate in the planning and preparation for the field course.

There is a cost associated with this elective module of up to £1000 student contribution and up to £1000 University contribution.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to take responsibility for an element of the study tour planning process.
  2. Design and plan an ecologically and logistically feasible field project for a contrasting environment.
  3. Develop skills in wildlife observation, data collection and investigation.
  4. Analyse and professionally communicate field project outcomes.


Assessment Description Weighting
Presentation Presentation (15 minutes) 30%
Coursework Field project seminar (2000 words) 70%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the following:

  • Bell, J. (2014) Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers. 6th edn. Open University Press.
  • Davies, M. and Hughes, N. (2014) Doing a successful research project: using qualitative or quantitative methods. 2nd edn. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Henderson, P.A. and SOUTHWOOD, T.R.E. (2016) Ecological methods. 4th edn. Wiley Blackwell.
  • Gardener, M. (2014) Community ecology: analytical methods using R and Excel. Pelagic Publishing.
  • Gibson, D. (2015) Methods in comparative plant population ecology. 2nd edn. Oxford University Press.
  • Martin, K. and Sauerborn, J. (2013) Agroecology. Springer.
  • Kent, M. (2012) Vegetation description and analysis : a practical approach. 2nd edn. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Krausman, P. and Leopold, B. (2014) Essential readings in wildlife management and conservation. John Hopkins University Press
  • Townsend, C., Begon, M. and Harper, J. (2014) Essentials of ecology. 4th ed. Wiley-Blackwell
  • Wheater, C.P., Bell, J.R. and Cook, P.A. (2011) Practical field ecology: a project guide. John Wiley& Sons Ltd.