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PL5001: PLANT ECOLOGY (2020-2021)

Last modified: 24 Jun 2020 14:31


Course Overview

Integrated lectures, field trips, data exercises and discussions provide a broad overview of theoretical plant ecology and its practical applications. You will participate in data collection in sand dune, heathland and woodland habitats becoming familiar with a range of plant species. Key skills in vegetation survey, monitoring and research are taught. Class field data are used as the basis for understanding ecological processes and for learning vegetation analysis methods. You will practice writing skills in a data report and essay, supported by “clinics” and by individual help to students. Detailed feedback helps your writing in subsequent courses.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr S Woodin

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

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

 This course provides a broad overview of plant ecology, considers the development of ecological theories and explores the applications of those theories for practicing ecologists today. Integrated field trips, data handling exercises, lectures and directed reading and discussions are used to cover the following topics: Community ecology – the nature of communities, succession, community assembly, applications in habitat management; Description of communities – National Vegetation Classification, surveying, monitoring; Community analysis – descriptive statistics, ordination and its practical application in vegetation analysis. The practical objectives of the course are to enable students to look at vegetation and ask pertinent questions about why it is like it is, to begin to interpret what they observe, to collect data to provide further answers, to use statistics and ordination methods in analysing such data, to set up vegetation research, survey and monitoring, and to write data reports and literature based essays.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Field Course during University weeks 8 - 9
  • 2 Field Courses during University week10
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 8, 8, 11, 11
  • 3 Tutorials during University weeks 8 - 9
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 10, 11, 13
  • 4 Tutorials during University week12

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks 10,12 Feedback Weeks 11,15

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Feedback

Extensive written comments on essay first draft, full essay and data report.

Word Count 3000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Data Report

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 12 Feedback Weeks 15

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Feedback

Extensive written comments on essay first draft, full essay and data report.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of failed elements, 60% essay, 40% data report

Assessment Type Summative Weighting
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback Written comments
Learning Outcomes
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