20 credits at level HE5
To provide students with the opportunity to gain practical skills in organismal biology
To provide students with the opportunity to explore theoretical concepts in organismal biology via laboratory and field work.
Field work design
Examples of the kind of pratcicals that will be included are:
Vigilance in nesting gulls
Grooming in captive primates
Evaluation of sites for conservation
Measuring and monitoring populations and communities
Effect of temperature on heart rate
Effect of osmolarity on composition of the haemolymph
Germination and dormancy
Succession and diversity in sand dunes
A variety of teaching and learning methods will be employed including laboratory classes, field visits and informal lectures. Students will be encouraged to work in groups for some of the practical tasks.
Students will produce a practical folder containing complete practical write-ups in the style of a scientific paper and as well as data, data analysis and answers to interpretation questions on the other practical activities completed in this module.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate the ability to carry out laboratory and field work in organismal biology||Present results from laboratory and field work in organismal biology in the practical folder|
|2.||Demonstrate appreciation of health an safety issues in the field and laboratory||adopt an appropriate approach to field work and to conduct in the field. No marks, but students failing to show this can be excluded from the practicals|
|3.||Analyse, interpret and report on practical/field data||
a Organise, manipulate, analyse and present data
b Make interpretative judgements in a specific context
c Apply and extend findings from a specific context to a more general context
|4.||Demonstrate an ability to design an experiment/ field study||Decide upon and describe a hypothesis and methodology to answer a particular question in organismal biology|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
No restrictions apply.
Baskin, C., Baskin, J. (2001) Seeds : ecology, biogeography, and evolution of dormancy and germination. Academic Press
Southwood and Henderson (2000) Ecological
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Jones, A., Reed, R., & Weyers, J. (2003) Practical Skills in Biology. 3rd ed. Prentice Hall.
Martin, P. & Bateson, P. (1993) Measuring Behaviour. 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press.
Sutherland, W.J. (1966) Ecological Census Techniques: A Handbook. Cambridge University Press.
|Host Subject Group:||Psychology and Life Sciences|
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