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FY4526: THE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY OF FOREST HEALTH (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:32


Course Overview

Lectures and tutorials provide the basic framework for considering the range of abiotic and biotic agents that cause forest damage.

A specialist on forest insect pests delivers a section of the course, providing students with an expert’s insights into current issues in forest health.

Preparation of two case studies, one on a disease and one on an animal pest, provide students with an opportunity to pursue their own interests and develop specialist knowledge. Presentations of these case studies broadens the range of forest health problems covered.

An extended essay provides an opportunity to strengthen skills in synthesis and written presentation.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Stephen Woodward

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

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

  • One of BSc Biology (Studied) or BSc Conservation Biology (Studied) or BSc Plant Biology (Studied) or Non-Graduating Student in Plant & Soil Science Erasmus (Studied) or BSc Zoology (Studied) or BSc Animal Ecology (Studied) or Non-Graduating Student in Zoology Erasmus (Studied) or BSc Marine Biology (Studied) or BSc Parasitology (Studied) or MSci Biological Sciences (Studied) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences (Studied) or BSc Biology - Education (Primary) (Studied) or Non-Graduating Student in Agriculture and Forestry Erasmus (Studied) or BSc Ecology (Studied) or BSc Wildlife Management (Studied) or BSc Forestry (Studied) or Non-Graduating Student in Forestry Iss (Studied) or BSc Forest Sciences (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Physical Sci) (Studied) or BSc Biology - Education (Secondary) (Studied) or Non-Graduating Student in Science First Half-Session (Studied) or Non-Graduating Student in Science Full Year (Studied) or Non-Graduating Student in Science Eu (Studied) or Non-Graduating Student in Science Iss (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4

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

  • Importance of abiotic factors, pathogens and pests in forests.

  • Ecology and epidemiology of pests and pathogens.

  • Management and control.

  • Tree defences against pests and pathogens.

Students will prepare two case studies focused on a selected pest and disease problems to give an appreciation of the diversity of abiotic and biotic problems faced by the manager.

Associated Costs

None

Further Information & Notes

This course runs in weeks 25-29, and is scheduled in Thread 1, so may have contact hours in any or all of these times:  Mondays, 9-13; Thursday, all day; Friday, 9-13.  If this is an optional course, there may also be contact hours on Wednesdays, 11-13.


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

None.

More Information about Week Numbers


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (50%) comprised of two case studies (one A4 page each) (2 x 15%) and a 10 page essay (20%), and a 2 hour written exam (50%).

Formative Assessment

Students receive informal feedback during class discussions and sessions where essays and case studies are planned.

Feedback

Students receive informal feedback during their oral presentations of their essays and case studies and receive formal, written feedback on all three pieces of continuous assessment.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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