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MT5751   Estimating Animal Abundance and Biodiversity

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 11

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 12.00 noon Mon (odd), Wed and Fri

The module will introduce students to the main types of survey method for wildlife populations. It will cover simple methods in some detail and provide students with a conceptual framework for building understanding of more advanced methods. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify an appropriate assessment method for a given population, be able to design a simple survey to assess the population, and perform simple analyses of survey data. Students will get experience in using the methods via computer practical sessions involving design and analyses of surveys conducted by computer simulation.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must ( pass MT3507 or pass MT3508 ) and pass 1 module from any levels matching mt4

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1.5 hrs lecture, 1 hr practical, 0.5 hr tutorial (weeks 1 - 10)

Scheduled learning hours: 30

Guided independent study hours: 120

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Professor D L Borchers
Module teaching staff: Mr R Glennie