BIO8067 : Wildlife Research in Practice
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Pete Robertson
- Lecturer: Dr Aileen Mill
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
The aim of the course if to provide an overview of the broad range of methods used for wildlife research. The course will provide training in the implementation of several field monitoring and surveying techniques.
Outline Of Syllabus
Practical skills for wildlife management including lab and field skills. Lab based skills covering logistics and applications of: tracers (stable isotopes), genetic identification microsatellite markers, PCR in wildlife management and research. Training in core field skills including sampling, tracking, trapping, wildlife survey (observation/detection techniques)and monitoring and their applications.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||5||1:00||5:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||21:00||21:00||Deeper engagement with materials in preparation for workshop|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||15:00||15:00||Wildlife tender exercise|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||15:00||15:00||Deeper engagement with material taught in lectures|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||1||3:00||3:00||Convey essential ideas and knowledge|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||6||6:50||41:00||Practice the application of knowledge to real world examples|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lab methods and applications will be taught in lectures. The practical skills in the module will focus on wildlife survey and monitoring techniques and will be conducted in the field in small groups. Students will gain experience of a survey method, a sampling method and a monitoring method.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||1||M||100||Wildlife tender exercise (2000 words)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The practical skills learned on this module will assessed by the students ability to reflect on and refine the methods they have observed and apply the knowledge gained in a wildlife research tender exercise.