Conservation Field Course
Run by School of Natural Sciences
10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Paul Cross
Overall aims and purpose
This module gives students the opportunity to see how the principles of conservation that are discussed in earlier parts of their course are put into practice. During visits to areas which are managed for a range of objectives, students meet conservation managers working on behalf of different stakeholders and engage in discussion with them.
The MSc Conservation and Land Management comprises visits to nature reserves and farms run by Welsh Government organisations, trusts, local authorities, community groups and private individuals.
Grade C- to C+: The report gives a factually correct account of a topic that is discussed during the field trip, including some quantitative information. The accompanying literature review shows evidence of ability to collate information from a variety of sources; the majority of the material included is relevant although some relevant literature sources are not included. An attempt has been made to link the principles and theory described in the literature review to the practice(s) seen during the trip. Both the report and the review are logically structured, the majority of the writing is clear, and referencing uses a standard system.
Grade A- to A**: The report gives a comprehensive and critical account of a topic that is discussed during the field trip. The accompanying literature review shows evidence of an ability to collate and critically appraise information from a variety of sources; all of the material included is relevant and all the important literature sources are included. The link between the principles and theory described in the literature review to the practice(s) seen during the trip is fully and thoughtfully discussed. Both the report and the review are logically structured and well written, with only minor typographical errors and no mistakes in the referencing.
Grade B- to B+: The report gives a comprehensive account of a topic that is discussed during the field trip. The accompanying literature review shows evidence of ability to collate and appraise information from a variety of sources; all of the material included is relevant and most of the important literature sources are included. The link between the principles and theory described in the literature review to the practice(s) seen during the trip is discussed. The report is logically structured and well written, with only minor typographical errors and very few mistakes in the referencing.
Demonstrate an ability to accurately relate concepts to applied, real-world scenarios .
Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the ways in which the principles of conservation management are applied in practice.
Demonstrate a detailed understanding of an exemplar issue within conservation and land management
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
Site visits and discussion
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
- Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Subject specific skills
- Conduct fieldwork and/or laboratory work competently with awareness of appropriate risk assessment and ethical considerations
- Recognize and apply appropriate theories and concepts from a range of disciplines.
- Consider issues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
- Apply subject knowledge to the understanding and addressing of problems.
- Engage in debate and/or discussion with specialists and non-specialists using appropriate language.
- Undertake field and/or laboratory studies of living systems.
- Understand the provisional nature of information and appreciate competing and alternative explanations.
- Recognize the moral, ethical and social issues relating to the subject.
- Demonstrate awareness of the importance of risk assessment and relevant legislation
Resource implications for students
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- D9AN: MSc Conservation and Land Management year 1 (MSC/CLM)
- D9AZ: MSc Conservation and Land Management (TRANSFOR-M exch prog) year 1 (MSC/CLMTFM)