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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

  • Residential field courses designed to provide you with training in field identification and sampling techniques.
  •  Choice from four locations that include the Shetland Islands, Cromarty and the Ythan Estuary, Malham Tarn Field Centre and Kindrogen Field Centre, themes are Fish and Shellfish, Coastal Biodiversity, Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecology and Parasitology.
  •  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 7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr John Baird

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Course Description

Four separate courses make up the overall course and students choose one of these. All of them offer training and experience in relevant field skills, approapriate to the environment in which each course operates. Two are essentially marine, one covers terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and one concentrates on the parasites which are associated with vertebrate animals. All include training in the identification of animals and the methods needed to assess their population densities. All also include group work, in which the 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

Available only to any student who has pre-requisites and a degree intention in a programme run by SBS.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Assessment is based on the presentation of a short written account of the course work, and/or a seminar presentation, as well as assessment of performance during the course work.

Resit: No resit is available for field courses.

Formative Assessment

There is no formal formative assessment, but staff constantly interact with the students and so make the students aware of their performance on a continual basis.


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

Course Learning Outcomes


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