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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Geosciences : Ecological Science

Undergraduate Course: Ecological Science Field Course (ECSC10029)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
Course description Daily trips are undertaken to field sites to meet with ecological and environmental experts working on a range of relevant subject areas. Students also work in groups on small research projects and collect data that forms part of two of the course assessments.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Provisional cost for 2015/16: 140
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
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.
Reading List
There is no required reading. Any relevant reading materials will be provided during the course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 2014/15
Argyll trip: Sat 30 Aug - Fri 5 Sept 2014
Edinburgh component: Mon 8 Sept - Wed 10 Sept 2014

Provisional dates for 2015/16
Argyll trip: Sat 5 Sept - Fri 11 Sept 2015
Edinburgh component: Mon 14 Sept - Wed 16 Sept 2015
KeywordsESCS10029 Field Course
Contacts
Course organiserDr Caroline Nichol
Tel: (0131 6)50 7729
Email: Caroline.Nichol@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Meredith Corey
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430
Email: meredith.corey@ed.ac.uk
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