BIO2032 : Residential Field Course
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Emmi Hall
- Other Staff: Dr Darren Evans, Dr Gordon Port, Dr James Kitson, Dr Gavin Stewart, Dr Richard Bevan, Dr Simon Peacock, Dr Aileen Mill, Professor John Bythell, Dr Marion Pfeifer
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
Three alternative week-long field courses are organised to provide integrated and holistic training in:(1) developing scientific questions and formulating hypotheses; (2) the design, planning, conduct and reporting of field investigations, using field work techniques; (3) approaches to obtaining, recording, collating, analysing and presenting data, using appropriate statistical analyses and (4) undertaking field investigations of living systems in a responsible, safe and ethical manner. This provides formative training, assessment and feedback that equips students to carry out their final year Research Project (BIO3199 and others) in whatever subject area, as well as increasing their practical field work, data processing and interpretation skills.
Outline Of Syllabus
At residential centre: hypotheses and study design, group project planning, training in field work techniques, data collection, analysis, presentation and critical appraisal.
Afterwards: preparing an individual write-up in the form of a scientific paper.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||30||1:00||30:00||2500 words research report preparation|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||5||10:00||50:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||20||1:00||20:00||Data analysis and presentation|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Detailed planning, field data collection and group data analysis are all undertaken at the residential centre, with each team of 7 to 10 students assigned to an individual staff supervisor. Writing up is an individual activity for each student.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Research paper||2||M||80||Project report (2500 words)|
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||20||Team contribution assessment|
|Oral Presentation||2||M||Group oral presentation (15-20 minutes)of results at residential centre|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The completion of a piece of scientific research is normally signalled by submission of a paper to a peer-reviewed journal. An individually-written submission (2,500 words) of this kind is submitted 2 weeks after the end of the residential field course.
Effective team-work will have a substantial influence on the utility of data collected, and the quality of analysis and interpretation, so each student’s contribution is assessed by their staff supervisor (20%) for academic impact and industry in the field.
Formative oral assessment at the end of the field visit will check understanding and practice oral presentation skills.