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Module

ACE8016 : Habitat Monitoring and Assessment

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Janet Simkin
  • Lecturer: Mrs Helen Adamson
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims to:

Train students in ecological monitoring, Phase 1 survey, Phase 2 soils and vegetation survey, and report production

Outline Of Syllabus

Preliminary lectures and practicals will introduce students to the principles of ecological monitoring, Phase 1 and Phase 2 survey, and develop some of the skills needed. This will be followed by a residential (5 day) field class during which the students will carry out the surveys, and the group and individual work to collate the field data and carry out integrated analysis, mapping, interpretation and report preparation.
Each topic will be introduced in lectures and practicals, and then further developed during field work, data analysis and presentation of results. During the field work and data collation students will work in small groups, but the assessments are to be produced individually. Topics include:
•       Survey and monitoring methods for conservation and research
•       Plant classification and identification
•       Vegetation monitoring for research including: Experimental design for ecology, Field vegetation data collection methods and statistical analysis (e.g. ANOVA, diversity indices, ecological indices and multivariate analysis)
•       Phase 1 survey
•       Phase 2 survey including soil classification and survey methods, plant communities and the national vegetation classification, vegetation survey methods, site desk study and GIS, site reconnaissance, integrated soil and vegetation survey in the field, results collation, analysis and presentation, habitat condition assessment, and management recommendations.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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