BIO8006 : Field Identification Skills
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Professor Mark Whittingham
- Lecturer: Dr Mark Shirley, Dr Janet Simkin
- Other Staff: Professor Stephen Rushton, Dr Roy Sanderson
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
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;
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||20||1:00||20:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||80||1:00||80:00||Includes class test|
Jointly Taught With
|BIO2003||Field 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||3||M||100||2 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.