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.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to take responsibility for an element of the study tour planning process.
- Design and plan an ecologically and logistically feasible field project for a contrasting environment.
- Develop skills in wildlife observation, data collection and investigation.
- Analyse and professionally communicate field project outcomes.
|Coursework||Presentation during the planning phase (15 minutes)||30%|
|Coursework||Field project seminar (2000 words)||70%|
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.