BIO3010 : Conservation Research in Tropical Forest (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The overall aim of the module is to provide students with an understanding of the role of ecological data in conserving tropical forest species and their habitats. It will do this by: a) briefly outlining the specific pressures facing tropical forests, b) exploring in more detail the data required to understand the status of vertebrates; and c) how this is being applied to management of tropical forest species.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will be taught during a 12 day trip (overseas) and largely based at Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve in Thailand. There will be a focus on how to plan and implement field research in tropical forest, analyse the results obtained and report them. The students will learn how to design a field investigation, gather field data and analyse and report them. The emphasis will be on the study of population abundance and habitat use. These will be taught through presentations, tutorial sessions and field work exercises, a range of which will be student-led.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Planning and completing the 2000 word assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture91:009:00Give context on conservation in tropical SE Asia. The need for robust data& methods for gathering it
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading110:0010:00A diverse reading list is provided, students are expected to read before the field course.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork78:0056:00Fieldwork at Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve, Thailand
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The directed research and reading will provide the means for students to develop their understanding of the research needs of tropical forest vertebrates and to devise a preliminary approach to filling those research needs. The module will be practical with a focus on an agreed questions that are on relevance to tropical forest conservation.

The lectures will then orientate the students to the challenges that fieldworkers have and the fieldwork will give them experience of the methods that can be applied and what they should consider when using them. They will be guided through their independent assessment of the utility of these techniques in their final report write up.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M20Supervisors Assessment
Report1M802000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The structure of the written report will match closely the aims of the module. The reports will, therefore, contain: a) a short written analysis of one pressure facing vertebrates in tropical forests: b) an assessment, with examples, of the data required to provide information on how the pressure is affecting one or more species; and c) how the resultant data might be applied to the management of tropical forest species.

Other sections, eg Annexes will include presentations and other work (e.g. short exercises) undertaken that demonstrates creativity and adaptivity in the student's learning.

Reading Lists