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BI1511: ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (2017-2018)

Last modified: 30 May 2017 16:29


Course Overview

This course will take you on a journey through the physical workings of the Earth, the interactions between species and their environments and then on to the effects humans are having on the planet, potential solutions and thoughts on the future.

Teaching is by staff with different subject specialisms who give both variety and immediacy to course material.

Exposure to the problems we are facing both now and in the future will help you make informed choices in their everyday lives.

A range of ‘wet’ and computer-based practicals enhance the classroom teaching and develop generic scientific skills.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study Yes
Co-ordinators
  • Mrs Cath Dennis
  • Dr Yit Teh

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • BI1509 Ecology and Environmental Science (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

The study of ecological and environmental issues requires us to integrate information from many different subject areas. This course is designed to give you an introduction to how the Earth functions, in terms of both geography and biology, and then goes on to look at current issues that are affecting those functions. An exciting multidisciplinary approach, combining key topics from biology, ecology, environmental science and the earth sciences will provide a solid foundation for futher study in any of these areas. By the end of the course, students should have

- a sound basic knowledge of how an integrated approach to studying topics from biology, chemistry, ecology and environmental science contributes towards an understanding of how terrestrial and marine systems are sustained.

- an appreciation of important spatial and temporal aspects of ecology and environmental science and why these are important to the management of natural systems.

- an ability to carry out and report on basic experimental measurements and data analysis pertaining to aspects of ecology and environmental science.

Associated Costs

Although there are a number of lab coats which can be borrowed, you may wish to purchase your own which will cost approximately £15

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Animal Behaviour
  • BSc Biological Sciences (Honours)
  • BSc Biology
  • BSc Conservation Biology
  • BSc Ecology
  • BSc Environmental Chemistry
  • BSc Environmental Science
  • BSc Marine Biology
  • BSc Oil and Gas Chemistry
  • BSc Plant and Soil Sciences
  • BSc Zoology
  • Bachelor Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management
  • MSci Biological Sciences
  • Master of Chemistry (Environmental Chemistry)
  • Master of Chemistry in Oil and Gas

Contact Teaching Time

62 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt

1 two-hour MCQ exam (40%) and in-course assessment (60%).

Resit

Similar to first attempt, with continuous assessment marks and/or exam mark carried forward and an opportunity to complete either an appropriate alternative piece of coursework or a resit exam, or both, depending on what was failed in the first attempt.

Formative Assessment

Students have an opportunity to engage in discussions with other students, staff and demonstrators during practical classes which allows them to assess and clarify their own understanding of the course content and appraise their own practical performance.

Feedback

The main source of feedback will be regular written comments on practical reports and the results of regular online tests.

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