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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

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.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Louise Page

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

  • One of BSc Biology or BSc Conservation Biology or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences or BSc Ecology
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

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.

Associated Costs

Field course costs £140

Further Information & Notes

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

first semester.

Full payments are also normally non-refundable. The cases where full refunds may be made are

similar to points 1 and 2 above.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

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.

Resit: Retake the assessment(s) that was (were) failed.

Formative Assessment

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.

Course Learning Outcomes


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