BIO3022 : Residential Field Course

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


Three alternative week-long field courses are organised to provide integrated and holistic training in: (1) the design, planning, conduct and reporting of field investigations; (2) approaches to obtaining, recording, collating and analysing data using appropriate techniques in the field and/or field laboratory; and (3) 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 (BIO3196 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: group planning, training in techniques, data collection, analysis and critical appraisal from two field investigations.
Afterwards: Preparing an individual write-up in the form of a scientific paper.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:002500 words research report preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork510:0050:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study201:0020:00Data 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper1M80Project report
Prof skill assessmnt1M20Team contribution assessment
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 in Teaching Week 2 of Semester 1 in Stage 3.

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 impact and industry.

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