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Module

BIO1022 : Ecology and Conservation

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Mark Whittingham
  • Lecturer: Dr Richard Bevan, Dr Gordon Port
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

An introduction to ecological interactions between organisms and environment, and to ecological concepts applied at the level of individuals, populations, communities and ecosystems. Introduction to conservation principles, policy and practice.

Outline Of Syllabus

The lecture material provides the theoretical framework for ecology and conservation and will cover topics such as:
•       Introduction to ecological concepts
•       Research methods in ecology
•       Climate, air, water and chemicals
•       Intraspecific and interspecific interactions, predation
•       Succession, population dynamics, communities, biogeography
•       Ecotoxicology, applied ecology
•       Conservation principles, policy and practice
•       Valuing biodiversity
•       Threats to biodiversity
•       Conservation of habitats, populations and species
•       Practical Conservation
•       Conservation and Human Societies
•       UN Sustainable Development Goals

The lecture programme is complemented by field trips in which practical aspects of ecology and conservation are introduced and practiced.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Coursework (problem-based essay).
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Summative on-line computer test
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials221:0022:00Asynchronous online. Lectures. Includes instructions for field classes and directed preparation).
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading441:0044:00Lecture follow-up
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading35:0015:00Preparation for field classes and follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork33:009:00(PIP) Local field classes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery81:008:00Weekly synchronous online drop-in session to check on understanding (e.g. Q & A)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study132:0032:00Background reading.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The online lectures provide a theoretical framework for ecology and conservation, illustrated with examples. The field classes support the lecture material by means of actual examples of the concepts and processes. The field classes also enable the students to gain experience of collecting, analysing and presenting their own data. The field classes are supported by computer practicals. All reports use techniques to manipulate, analyse and present data. Literature searching and citing references from scientific sources will be included in reports. Students are required to prepare for each field class.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M90Although based on field trips data will be provided to students to ensure parity. Element of applying lecture material to a problem
Computer assessment1M10Online summative MCQ (30 mins)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The problem-solving task will assess: insight into the major concepts used to understand ecology or conservation; application of ideas in lectures to address a choice of problems with the use of supporting scientific literature; and data handling, basic understanding of experimental design and statistics. The practical classes explore how to apply concepts in lectures to real-world examples. The computer test assesses understanding across all of the lectures and field trips.

The resit will be on-line only and will cover both the lecture and practical material presented in the module. There will be questions on all parts of the module. The resit lasts for 1 hour.

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