Module title: Ecological Field Studies

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ENV09107
Module leader: Linda Gilpin
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science

Understanding of evolutionary processes, taxonomy, data presentation and statistical analysis.

Description of module content:

This module will take a practical approach to extend your knowledge and understanding of ecological principles including: the dynamics and processes which determine species’ distribution and abundance; the role and importance of these processes in different communities; different types of population interactions; and the description of population and community structure. It is built around two intensive periods of field/lab work, one based in Edinburgh and the other at a residential field centre. At both locations you will participate with the entire class to gather sufficient data to identify typical organisms and explore several ecological concepts. In addition, you will work with a small team to design a research project based on a relevant ecological question. You will have three days in which to collect and analyse the data and give an oral presentation of the findings, so the design should be of sufficient depth and breadth to make the most of the time available. Feedback on the presentation should inform your final written report of the project.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Formulate and apply a problem solving approach to design a practical research project in ecology
LO2: Employ group working skills in an extended group research project
LO3: Collect, collate and analyse data with suitable methods and procedures.
LO4: Utilise appropriate, current literature to critically interpret and discuss the results of the research project.
LO5: Develop and utilise communication skills to present the project results both orally and in written form
LO6: Demonstrate identification skills for organisms from a series of marine habitats

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