Core Module Information
Module title: Habitat Assessment and GIS

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

Module code: ENV09108
Module leader: Jay Mackinnon
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences

Requisites: AND Pre-requisite: An appropriate level of skill in identifying organisms to species level AND AND Pre-requisite: [Module ENV09107] Ecological Field Studies AND Pre-requisite: [Module ENV08108] Practical Skills in Biodiversity and Ecology

Description of module content:

In this module you will develop practical skills in habitat assessment through fieldwork and develop practical skills in data manipulation using geographic information systems (GIS) software. You will become familiar with habitat classification schemes for freshwater, marine and terrestrial habitats and practice these in the field. You will report the findings of field surveys and other data-gathering exercises for habitat assessment and interpret the reports of others. Ordnance Survey (OS) maps and global positioning systems (GPS) will help you to integrate field and desk studies, plan field surveys, navigate in the field and collect spatially-referenced data.You will explore a range of data sources to assess the habitats and species present in the local area and more widely; understand the benefits and limitations of these datasets and contribute your own data to national databases. Developing expertise in GIS will enable you to retrieve previously-collected datasets, overlay these on a base map and interrogate them; identify areas with a high frequency of features of conservation interest and upload information from GPS handsets or apps to display spatial data collected in the field.You will examine criteria for habitat suitability for selected groups of organisms, strategies for monitoring habitats in protected areas and the law protecting habitats and areas of special conservation interest.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Implement habitat surveys of terrestrial, marine and freshwater habitats and report your findings.

LO2: Collate, interrogate and summarise spatial data.

LO3: Interpret the conservation value of a site from a range of data sources.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, In Person, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: In Person
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jay Mackinnon
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 10
Face To Face Tutorial 8
Face To Face Fieldwork 13
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 8
Online Guided independent study 161
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 30 1 6 , WORDS= 800 WORDS
Report 10 2 11 , WORDS= 100 words
Report 60 3 Exam Period , WORDS= 2200 words
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
ENV09108 Habitat Assessment and GIS