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Undergraduate Course: Ecological Science Field Course (ECSC10029)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEcological Science Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe field course builds upon the skills and competences acquired by Ecological Science students during previous field courses and lecture classes. The core element of the two components of the field course are the acquisition of skills in designing and conducting field sampling and monitoring projects; the acquisition of skills using field equipment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Please note fees change annually: Environmental Science Field Course 50; Ecological Science Field Course: approx 85 for 2013-14
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information Ecological/Biological Science Field course:
CO Dr Caroline Nichol
Argyll trip: Sat 31 Aug - Fri 6 Sept 2013
Edinburgh component: Mon 9 Sept - Wed 11 Sept 2013

Environmental Science Field course:
CO Dr Margaret Graham
Mon 2 Sept - Wed 11 Sept 2013
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 6, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 12, Fieldwork Hours 32, External Visit Hours 14, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 120 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
- To gain a comprehensive knowledge of the principles and some of the specialised skills of enquiry employed in ecological field work
- To gain competence in the use of ecological and environmental field techniques and to apply these skills in field investigations
- To execute a defined project of research and identify the relevant outcomes by appropriate statistical data analysis and interpretation. This will enable students to plan and practise in a context similar to those found at a professional level, which includes an element of unpredictability.
- An ability to communicate with professional level peers and senior colleagues and specialists will be developed through the peer-to-peer presentations and field visits with practitioners which will also enable students to gain an appreciation of the contexts and challenges associated with ecological and environmental management.
Assessment Information
Ecological Science Field Course
Assessment will comprise:
1)Seminar group presentation (worth 20%)
2)Write up of the research (worth 40%)
3)Written assessment (worth 40%) on a second topic dealt with during the field course

Environmental Science Field Course
Assessment will comprise:
1)Poster Conference (worth 20%)
2)Field Project write-up (worth 40%)
3)Essay (worth 40%)
Special Arrangements
Hard hats are required for the Environmental Science Field course in September
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsESCS10029 Field Course
Course organiserDr Caroline Nichol
Tel: (0131 6)50 7729
Course secretaryMs Meredith Corey
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430
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