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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Geosciences : Ecological Science

Undergraduate Course: Current Issues in Ecology and Environmental Science (ECSC10037)

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 Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe central question of the course is 'what are the current research issues in ecology?' This course would aim to fill a niche by introducing the students to research level ecosystem and marine ecology, drawing from the cutting edge research topics currently being explored within the Schools of Geosciences and Biological sciences. This course is useful not only to equip those wishing to pursue a career in academia, but also those who seek careers in the UK and overseas as environmental consultants, environmental regulators, conservation organisations, within forestry industry and water companies and environmental policy advisors for government agencies.
Course description Topics covered in lectures and discussions will include a broad range of current issues including tropical ecology, soil diversity, barcoding in ecology, geoengineering, species diversity and marine ecology.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, 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 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 68 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework
The course is assessed via two components, each of which counts for 50% of the total course mark:
(i) A class test in which six semi-short short answer questions must be answered, from a choice of eight (one from each session).
(ii) An individual three page report based on a group Problem Based Learning exercise.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
The students will have an increased knowledge and awareness of the issues currently under investigation within the Schools research and the tools used to explore these issues.
Reading List
A list of relevant reading materials will be updated before the start of Semester 2.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information The course comprises eight, three hour sessions during which a researcher from a range of disciplines will present their work. Students are expected to have read relevant papers (provided in advance of the session) and to come prepared to contribute to the class discussion. Each researcher will be available for an extended discussion session following their presentation.
KeywordsECSC10027 CIiE
Course organiserDr Gail Jackson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5436
Course secretaryMiss Eilein Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430
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