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Postgraduate Course: Ecology and Field Studies (EDUA11120)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn understanding of the ecological principles which underpin both natural and managed ecosystems is vital for a full understanding of the countryside as a recreational and teaching resource. Furthermore, direct multi-sensory experiences are an ideal way of engaging with the natural heritage and the physical environment. Awareness of the potential impact of outdoor recreational and educational activities is also important for those who work in the countryside, and increasingly an expectation of such educational programmes. In many outdoor and environmental education contexts techniques ranging from formal field studies through to experiential environmental exercises are employed. This course provides an understanding of the principles of ecology, and explores the application of a wide range of teaching techniques in a practical context. The approach taken is normally an interdisciplinary and holistic residential programme normally located in a National Nature Reserve on the West Coast of Scotland.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Interpreting the Landscape (EDUA11119)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Travel and accomodation on the Island of Rum National Nature Reserve (approx 160)
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  40
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Course Start Date 20/04/2015
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Fieldwork Hours 46, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 140 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Please refer to online timetable for course dates.
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Satisfactory completion of a log of field studies activity is a requirement of this course. In addition either (a) develop and critically evaluate appropriate resources or a short programme of field studies appropriate to a selected group, or (b) write an essay on a relevant aspect of environmental management (4000 words or equivalent).
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course students will:
1. understand basic ecological principles as applied to global and local ecosystems;
2. understand relevant aspects of natural selection, adaptation, population growth etc. and the effect on these of climate and human impact;
3. be able to apply an understanding of ecological principles to issues of environmental concern;
4. have experienced and used a variety of modern, experiential, and traditional field studies techniques during practical investigations of a range of natural and managed terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems;
5. be familiar with aspects of the preservation and management of natural and semi-natural habitats of conservation importance;
6. understand the rationale behind and the practical consequences and management of key aspects of legislation which protects the natural heritage (eg in National Nature Reserves, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Special Areas of Conservation etc);
7. be able to make critical evaluations of appropriate techniques and develop a teaching programme suitable for introducing others to ecology and environment.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is run residentially in hostel accomodation on the Island of Rum National Nature Reserve on the West Coast of Scotland. It is run primarily outdoors with additional lab-based sessions. Please reserve a place on this course with Prof P Higgins before registering for this course. Depending on demand this course may run twice.
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Course organiserProf Pete Higgins
Tel: (0131 6)50 9796
Course secretaryMrs Susan Scott
Tel: (0131 6)51 6573
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