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This course builds on theory studied at L2 and enables students to develop their experimental design, laboratory and data analysis skills whilst studying fundamental ecological principles such as herbivory, predation and competition. Students will keep detailed lab books to improve note-keeping skills and gain experience of analysing data generated from their own experiments as well as writing this up in a journal format. Use of model experimental systems will allow students to manipulate conditions to alter experimental outcomes and relate this to real-world settings.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
Students will focus on practical aspects, carrying out at least two experiments during the course and undertaking various other aspects of experimental work, including consideration of hypothesis testing, experimental design, keeping detailed records of experimental work, data collection and synthesis, interpretation and integration of results with the literature. Students will be expected to work independently on some practical aspects, depending on the questions they choose to follow up. Theoretical concepts will be covered in compulsory seminars using case-studies. Students will write up a detailed lab book which will be graded and comprise 10% of the course marks.
This course runs in weeks 25-35, and is unthreaded. The lab will be available for experimental work at various times each week within each thread to allow you to fit lab work around your other courses. Compulsory seminar classes are timetabled so that they don’t clash with thread 1 or thread 2 classes.
The lab will be available for experimental work at least 4 times each week; a weekly lab catch-up session will allow students to check details of experimental work with staff
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
There are no assessments for this course.
Students will be given feedback (formative) on experimental work as it progresses.
Written assignments (summative) will receive feedback.