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BI5802: ECOLOGICAL & ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING (2016-2017)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 17:53


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
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Jo Smith

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?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

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

None

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

30 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

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

Resit: Retake following year

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

Comments provided on assessed assignments.

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