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BL4266   Conservation Research Methods

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

The conservation of animal and plant populations relies initially on information of population sizes and trends. This information can only be collected by fieldwork. This module teaches the basic field techniques that underpin the monitoring of populations. Each week the theory behind a different technique is introduced, then the technique is practiced in the field, and finally data collected by the technique are analysed and discussed in a workshop at the end of the week, so that a full understanding of a technique and its proper application is gained. The module ends with students carrying out a project applying and integrating the techniques they have learnt.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass BL3309

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Variable combination of lectures, field practicals, data collection in the field and analysis workshops per week for 10 weeks

Scheduled learning hours: 40

Guided independent study hours: 110

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 25%
Coursework: 75%

Re-assessment: Resubmission of failed item(s) of Coursework

Personnel

Module coordinator: Prof W R L Cresswell
Module teaching staff: Prof W Cresswell