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Postgraduate Course: Tropical Biodiversity Field Course (PGBI11046)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaPostgraduate Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe Tropical Biodiversity Field Course is a unique opportunity for students to be confronted with totally unfamiliar plants and vegetation, providing a valuable educational and vocational experience widening opportunities for subsequent employment. The opportunity is provided to undertake qualitative and quantitative ecological surveys and gain experience in botanical collecting. The current field course in Belize allows students to study the ecology and flora of central America and develop familiarity with important neotropical plant families and genera and their natural habitats.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs 1000
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Block 3 (Sem 2), Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information The field course is scheduled for the first two weeks in January.
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 40 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Training in fieldwork methods will be given appropriate for work in unfamiliar territory where a pragmatic approach needs to be taken in setting and achieving scientific objectives. This experience is common to most botanical field research.

A range of different field sites are selected to illustrate different floras and the methods of working appropriate to each (e.g. savannah vegetation and dry tropical forest).

A visit to the Belize National Botanic Garden is included in the trip.
Assessment Information
The field course will be assessed continuously throughout the trip, as well as by the examination of a field record book and the student's collections of herbarium specimens.
Special Arrangements
None
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
KeywordsBTP Field Course Belize
Contacts
Course organiserDr Louis Ronse De Craene
Tel: (0131) 248 2804
Email: l.ronsedecraene@rbge.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Vicky Mactaggart
Tel: (0131 6)51 7052
Email: Vicky.Mactaggart@ed.ac.uk
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