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Postgraduate Course: Biodiversity of Cryptogams and Fungi (PGBI11047)

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
SummaryMany cryptogamic plants and fungi are important indicator organisms, increasingly used to monitor environmental change and pollution over timescales of years to millions of years. Their global significance in nutrient cycling and biosphere atmosphere interactions has only become clear in the last few decades. However, expertise in identifying cryptogams is nationally and internationally rare. This course is designed to develop skills in interpreting cryptogam structure, as a basis for identifying algae, fungi, lichens, bryophytes, ferns and their allies, and conifers. Application of these skills in conservation and monitoring will also be discussed. Within the UK, RBGE is unique in being to offer training of this kind.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students also take Biodiversity (ZLGY10017)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs none
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 14, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6, External Visit Hours 24, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 54 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 100 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Practical examination at RGBE(not centrally arranged) 2hr problem paper.
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
1. Ability to recognize the major groups of cryptogamic plants and fungi, and to describe and interpret their morphology.
2. Knowledge of the methods and resources needed to identify selected groups of organisms (important indicator organisms, ecologically significant organisms, etc) to species level (NB methods and resources only; there is no requirement to learn to recognize specific plants or fungi).
3. Awareness of the ecological range and roles of cryptogamic plants and fungi.
4. Awareness of the value of cryptogamic plants and fungi in ecological and palaeoecological monitoring, and a basic understanding of how such monitoring is done (selected groups only).
5. Understanding of the basis state species-level taxonomy in the major groups of cryptogamic plants and an evaluation of how this will affect dependent scientific research and applications.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 8 hour(s) per week for 3 week(s). The course will include three all-day excursions, to be held on Wednesdays
KeywordsBiodiversity of Cryptogams & Fungi
Course organiserDr Louis Ronse De Craene
Tel: (0131) 248 2804
Course secretaryMiss Vicky Mactaggart
Tel: (0131 6)51 7052
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