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BL5122   Current Issues in Biologging

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 11

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: Weeks 1 - 4

This module will present an introduction to biologging science: the theory and practice of logging and relaying physical and biological data using animal-attached tags. Lectures will cover the technology currently available for measuring animal movements, investigating behaviour, ecology and physiology, some of the challenges associated with tag design in terms of how data is stored and transmitted, and problems associated with data analysis and data display. Seminars will discuss some of the ethical and conservation issues that biologging science raises. Two practicals and the continuous assessment for this module introduce students to the difficulties collecting biologging data (using heart-rate dataloggers on themselves) and look at aspects of experimental design and how to write results in a publishable format. A further two practicals explore some of the methods used to view and analyse movement and diving data.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 - 2 lectures, 1 seminar and 1 practical class each week for 4 weeks.

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%


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

Personnel

Module coordinator: Prof S K Hooker
Module teaching staff: Team taught