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Postgraduate Course: Tropical Biodiversity Field Course (PGBI11046)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryA field trip is a unique opportunity for students to be confronted with totally unfamiliar plants and vegetation, providing a valuable educational experience and widening opportunities for subsequent employment. It also offers the chance to undertake qualitative and quantitative ecological surveys and provides experience in botanical collecting. The current field course in Belize allows students to study the ecology and flora of Central America and become familiar with important neotropical plant families and genera.

It is designed to provide training in conducting fieldwork 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. Students will obtain an ¿RBGE Certificate in Practical Field Botany¿, which provides a standardized framework for RBGE¿s practical botany training and an internationally recognized certificate awarded to candidates on successful completion of the programme. The programme covers elements from different courses of the BTP programme.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs £1000
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 3 (Sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 40 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The field course will be assessed continuously throughout the trip, as well as by the examination of a field record book and an identification exam of living plant material. At the start of the course each student will be "expert" for one tropical plant family and will provide information that will be assessed through a presentation.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. A visit to the Belize National Botanic Garden is included in the trip.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information The field course is scheduled for the first two weeks in January.
KeywordsBTP Field Course Belize
Course organiserDr Louis Ronse De Craene
Tel: (0131) 248 2804
Course secretaryMiss Vicky Mactaggart
Tel: (0131 6)51 7052
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