Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07
The week-long residential course is based at the University’s Bettyhill field station in the far north of Scotland. The location is stunning and, for many students, a new experience of unfamiliar plant communities.
You are introduced to representatives of the local flora. We teach skills in recognising key features of plant species and how to identify them.
You are encouraged to consider the reasons why and where plant species are found within the northern landscape and how plant communities can be sampled.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
Students will be instructed in the use of floras for plant identification in coastal, woodland, moorland and montane habitats in the north of Scotland. They will be encouraged to consider how these habitats are shaped by environment and management practices. Small project studies of vegetation analysis are carried out.
Field course costs £140
Compulsory course for all students with a degree intention in Plant Biology, Plant and Soil Science and Ecology. Strongly recommended for students of Forestry and Forest Science and open to students with other degree intentions (SBS). This course is only available to students from the School of Biological Sciences, with a preference to those students for whom it is compulsory for their degree.
Places may be limited by accommodation and transport constraints.
Saturday 25th May - Saturday 1st June 2019
Cost: £140. Deposit (inc): £50
Deposits are normally non-refundable. The cases where deposits are likely to be refunded are as
1) where there is good cause for student withdrawing from a field course, good cause is
determined by DoT or nominated person;
2) where the withdrawal has not resulted in a gap because a different student has enrolled
to take that place; and,
3) when the student withdraws from the course in good time and before the end of the
Full payments are also normally non-refundable. The cases where full refunds may be made are
similar to points 1 and 2 above.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: Two in-course assessments (50% each) plant identification (individual test) and group project on a chosen plant family (or other plant grouping) which will include a group presentation.
Continuous discourse amongst students and academic staff ensures enhanced skills in plant identification and an appreciation of ecological issues.
Verbal feedback is provided on all components of assessment during the field trip, General verbal feedback is given after the in-course plant ID test. Verbal and written feedback on short project reports is provided to each group.