Postgraduate

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Modules

BIO8006 : Field Identification Skills

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To provide a concentrated training in the field and laboratory skills required to identify a variety of species in the British flora and fauna.

Outline Of Syllabus

Entomology: collection, curation and identification of insects using taxonomic keys;
Ornithology: field identification of birds by sight and sound using field guides, with demonstrations of capture, inspection and ringing;
Higher plants: identification using taxonomic keys, and diagnosis of community types using the National Vegetation Classification, vegetation mapping, curation of herbarium specimens;

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical801:0080:00Includes class test
Total100:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
BIO2003Field Identification Skills
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The weeks are selected as the best times of year in which to find the target taxa in the field with relative ease and in diverse forms.

Subject specialists and experienced demonstrators provide guidance to the class as a whole and, through one to one discussion, help individual students develop their identification skills and address individual difficulties.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report3M1002 pieces of assessment from 6 options. Each assessment comprises a class test, specimen collection and field notebook.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The two tests (of equal weight) will assess knowledge of the identity of common species and the ability to identify others using keys and field guides. Students take two units from a choice of three (Entomology, Ornithology & Higher Plants) with each unit being assessed by tests, collections, field notebooks etc. The exact composition of the assessment differs between units depending on the subject. These tests will assess knowledge of the identity of common species and the ability to identify others using keys and field guides.

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