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BI35F1: MEDITERRANEAN TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS FIELD COURSE (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05


Course Overview

‘Mediterranean’ ecosystems have unique characteristics, with many endemic species. This is an 8-day field course in Catalonia, Spain. The course is likely to run during 1 - 9 June 2022 inclusive. Cost, excluding flights, is likely to be about £460.

Field work will be in three contrasting Natural Parks. You will use observation, discussion, and group projects to understand each ecosystem more fully. 

The course will help you learn skills in developing a fast, detailed understanding of unfamiliar ecosystems and their species, and to record observations in a field notebook (65%). You will do several formative group presentations and one summative individual presentation (35%).

In 2021/22 this course will will run from 1st-9th June 2022 inclusive, provisional on flight availability.

Please note that the information provided is subject to change due to the ongoing Covid-19 government guidelines

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Martin Barker

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

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • One of BSc Biology or BSc Conservation Biology or BSc Zoology or BSc Animal Ecology or BSc Marine Biology or BSc Animal Behaviour or BSc Behavioural Biology or MSci Biological Sciences or BSc Biological Sciences (Honours) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences or Bachelor Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management or BSc Ecology or BSc Forestry or BSc Forest Sciences or BSc Environmental Science

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

Course Aims: For students to gain and develop: (a) an awareness of a range of Mediterranean ecosystems, with their corresponding biodiversity. (b) an understanding issues associated with the ecology and management of Mediterranean ecosystems. (c) direct and relevant experience in focusing on an aspect of Mediterranean ecosystems that is most relevant to the student's degree intention. Aspects include: plant biology, environmental science, ecology, wildlife management, conservation, forestry. (d) an ability to integrate themes from different disciplines.

Main Learning Outcomes:

  • Gaining awareness and knowledge of a few representative Mediterranean ecosystems in Catalonia
  • Working with others in deciding suitable and realistic approaches in a brief investigations within several ecosystems
  • Developing skills in recording scientific observations of ecosystems within a field note book
  • Developing skills in group work, communicating and presenting

 Content: Students will visit and study several characteristics of the Mediterranean ecosystems within Catalonia's Natural Park System. Students will visit relevant sites in Catalonia. Teaching at each site will be led by academics from the University of Aberdeen, supported where possible by local rangers and collaborators.

On-campus briefings during university weeks 20, 39

Field Course during university weeks 44-45

Associated Costs

DescriptionValue
Students are required to book their own flights to attend the course but must not do so until their place has been confirmed on the course. The costs include accommodation (including food), ground transportation and ex gratia payments to local collaborators Students are required to purchase occasional restaurant meals. GBP 440.00

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 4 Field Courses during University week44
  • 5 Field Courses during University week45

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Oral Presentation: Group

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 15
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks 46

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Feedback

Informal and written feedback given 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateDemonstrate an awareness of Mediterranean ecosystems
ProceduralApplyApply knowledge to collect and interpret observations and data
ProceduralCreateWorking in a group, construct a persuasive presentation on a chosen topic

Poster: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks 23

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Feedback
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateDemonstrate an awareness of Mediterranean ecosystems
ProceduralApplyApply knowledge to present information and data
ProceduralCreateWorking individually, construct a persuasive poster on a chosen topic

Field notebook

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 65
Assessment Weeks 45 Feedback Weeks 47

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Feedback

Each student will receive individual feedback and a grade for their field notebook. 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualCreateOrganise and consolidate a wide range of observations
ProceduralApplyApply knowledge to collect and interpret observations and data
ProceduralApplyDemonstrate a capacity to record observations

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralCreateWorking individually, construct a persuasive poster on a chosen topic
ProceduralApplyApply knowledge to collect and interpret observations and data
ConceptualEvaluateDemonstrate an awareness of Mediterranean ecosystems
ConceptualCreateOrganise and consolidate a wide range of observations
ProceduralApplyDemonstrate a capacity to record observations
ProceduralApplyApply knowledge to present information and data
ProceduralCreateWorking in a group, construct a persuasive presentation on a chosen topic

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