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Course Overview

The week-long residential course is based at the university’s 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.

You are encouraged to consider the reasons why and where plant species are found within the northern landscape.

You will consider ways in which plants’ distributions and associations can be sampled.

Assessments are a plant ID test (50%) and making an identification key (50%).

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Louise Page
  • Dr Martin Barker

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Course Description

Students will be instructed in the use of a flora 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.

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.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: In-course assessment (50%) plant identification; written report on small project (50%).

Resit: Retake course.

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; feedback is provided on short project reports.

Course Learning Outcomes


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