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
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 1 & 2

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
Coursework Presentation during the planning phase (15 minutes) 30%
Coursework Field project seminar (2000 words) 70%

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.