BIO8067 : Wildlife Research in Practice

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading121:0021:00Deeper engagement with materials in preparation for workshop
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading115:0015:00Wildlife tender exercise
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading115:0015:00Deeper engagement with material taught in lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Convey essential ideas and knowledge
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork66:5041:00Practice 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M100Wildlife 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.

Reading Lists