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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

Residential field courses designed to provide you with training in field identification and sampling techniques based in Loch Lomond.

Group based project work provides skills in team working, data collection, analysis and presentation.

Hard work throughout the days is rewarded through the development of deep understanding and the enjoyment of spending time with peers and staff. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Vasilis Louca

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

  • One of BSc Biology or BSc Conservation Biology or BSc Zoology or BSc Marine Biology or BSc Animal Behaviour or BSc Ecology
  • 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

Includes training in the identification of animals and the methods needed to assess their population densities. Also includes group work, in which students choose an area of study and carry out a semi-independent project, including the collection of data, appropriate analysis and then reporting to the other course members on their findings. In the course of the field work, students will be helped to appreciate the interaction between the organisms and their habitat and the general features of the environment are also studied.

Further Information & Notes

Please note that places are limited and, due to health and safety regulations, the School reserves the right to move students onto another field course when capacity is reached. 

Dates are Fri 17th May - Thurs 23rd May 2019.


Costs: £200. 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

Presentation and short written report (50%), assessment of performance during the course work (50%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


There is frequent feedback during the course and also specific feedback provided on the report/presentation.

Course Learning Outcomes


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