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Course Overview

Introduction to techniques used in environmental and ecological modelling.

Main course materials are in four parts; model development, model construction, model evaluation and communicating modelling issues.

Hands-on practice is gained in model development and evaluation in two 4 hour computer classes.

Course assessment is based on the write up of the two computer sessions (30% each), and additional exercises on model construction and communication (20% each).

The course provides students with the key skills required for environmental and ecological modelling.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Jo Smith

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or BI4015 Grant Proposal (Passed)
  • One of MRes Ecology & Environmental Sustainability or MRes Environmental Science or MSc Ecology & Environmental Sustainability or MSc Forestry (Taught) or MSc Soil Science or MSc Environmental Science or MSci Biological Sciences

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • BI4803 Ecological and Environmental Modelling (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course consists of 5 weeks of lectures with each component of the work assessed by different methods. The two main topics are model development and model evaluation, with the theme of communication with society woven throughout. The course includes 10 lectures, 2 computer classes, 1 essay and a practical exercise.

Associated Costs


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 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Continuous assessment from write-up of 2 computer assignments, 1 essay and 1 practical exercises

Resit: Retake following year

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Comments provided on assessed assignments.

Course Learning Outcomes


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