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BB30168: International field course: experimental field ecology

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2012/3
Follow this link for further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Follow this link for further information on credits Credits: 6
Follow this link for further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Follow this link for further information on period slots Period: Semester 1
Follow this link for further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 100%
Follow this link for further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Follow this link for further information on unit rules Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take BB20041
Follow this link for further information on unit content Description: (This unit will take place shortly before the start of the academic year)
To offer students direct experience of species-rich biological systems beyond the UK, thereby providing a broad real-world context to their studies and improve their employability. Although the emphasis will be on designing and executing experiments in the field, the students will also have the opportunity to work in diverse ecosystems such as tropical rain forests, deserts, bushveld, etc. Specifically, they design and perform hypothesis-driven science: a field-based experimental test of evolution, behaviour and ecology.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* explain how evolutionary/ecological theory is developed and supported by data collected from natural systems;
* explain the need for (and benefits of) detailed planning and group cooperation in relation to undertaking biological fieldwork outside the UK;
* describe the wider world contexts in which their biological knowledge is founded;
* design and implement a short field-based investigation that will contribute to their understanding conservation biology;
* use statistical methods to analyse their data and produce a detailed Investigative Report.

Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Oral communication T/F/A, Numeracy & computation T/F/A, Problem solving T/F, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Working independently T/F, Career preparation T/F.

Individually and as part of the group, students will:
* Plan, fund-raise and implement travel to study site.
* Establish the demesne of the study site and use GPS to plot a basic map of the key areas.
* Undertake a general descriptive investigation of the biome and use source material to produce preliminary report on its key structural and biological features.
* Experience a broad range of field methods for obtaining different classes of information from the biome.
* Design, plan and discuss a field-based experiment within the biome.
* Archive, manage, manipulate and analyse field data.
* Make a presentation of the results of the field study during the Course.
* Produce a report of the field study in a form suitable for scientific publication.
Follow this link for further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB30168 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB03 : BSc (hons) Biology (Full-time) - Year 3
  • USBB-AKB07 : BSc (hons) Biology with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2012/13 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2013/14 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2012/13.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.