BIO2003 : Field Identification Skills
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Professor Mark Whittingham
- Lecturer: Dr Roy Sanderson, Dr Janet Simkin, Dr Mark Shirley, Professor Stephen Rushton
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 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 using field guides, with demonstrations of identification in the wild, from photos and in the hand (captured for ringing);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;
Lower plants/fungi: collection, curation and identification of lichens, algae and fungi, using field guides and keys.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||20||1:00||20:00||Revision|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||80||1:00||80:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The timing of these weeks between academic years allows for the intensity of work required to train students in taxonomic expertise, whilst 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||1||M||100||2 pieces of assessment from 6 options. Each assessment comprises a class test, specimen collection and field notebook.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Students are required to spend some time preparing for the activities each day and for the end of unit test.
Students take two units from a choice of four (Entomology, Ornithology, Higher plants, Lower plants/fungi) with each unit being assessed by tests, collections, field notebooks (as appropriate per taxa). The exact composition of the assessment differs between units depending on the subject. The tests will assess knowledge of the identity of common species and the ability to identify others using keys and field guides.