Environmental Field Skills

Module summary

Module code: ENVI1167
Level: 4
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Natural Resources Institute
Module Coordinator(s): Sarah Arnold

Specification

Aims

• To expose students to a range of environmental and ecological situations;
• To extend the students’ skills in observation, measurement, data presentation and interpretation from laboratory and classroom to the field;
• To develop fieldwork organisational and self-management skills;
• To develop a range of competencies including general transferable skills and technical skills in the laboratory and field;
• To introduce students to more practical techniques appropriate to associated theory Modules;
• To assist the development of the understanding of associated theory Modules.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this Module a student will be able to:

1. Develop an awareness of different field environments and their associated ecology and infrastructure.
2. Develop an ability to transfer classroom-based knowledge and apply it in field situations.
3. Select and use appropriate techniques to conduct fieldwork in an organised manner.
4. Report on the work undertaken in a suitable format, calculating results where appropriate and drawing conclusions.

Indicative content

This Module will be delivered through a series of one-day field visits throughout Terms 1 and 2, and two residential visits (at the start of Term 1 and at the end of Term 2). Practical work will be associated with the appropriate theory Modules taken at Level 4. Basic field skills relevant to geography and environmental science will be developed: the use and interpretation of maps; the relationship between geology, landform and vegetation; aspects of weather and climate; practical classification and identification of flora and fauna, and ecological surveying.