Location Specific Knowledge
Run by School of Natural Sciences
15 Credits or 7.5 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Mark Rayment
Overall aims and purpose
The aim is to impart a thorough understanding of the importance of field work preparation. This will be achieved through acquisition of in-depth factual location specific knowledge, building on theoretical knowledge obtained in other courses, relevant to tropical forestry issues and development of practical skills with emphasis on (i) ability to collect, analyse and evaluate appropriate qualitative and quantitative information, and combining this with (ii) choice of appropriate research tools in order to plan high quality field work.
The course is a preparatory course for the Joint Summer Module (DXX4501). The course includes training in locating and assessing location specific literature; conducting critical online discussions as part of project preparation; preparing and analysing empirically based project proposals; selecting appropriate data collection instruments; finalising a fieldwork project proposal. The location of the course will vary from year to year.
The student displays a basic understanding of the principles and basic knowledge of subject. Relevant information is discussed to basic depth the written assignment and tasks. Most of the key issues are identified but there may be some omissions or gaps in understanding. Links between theory and practice are not well developed.
The student displays sound knowledge of subject, ability to contribute constructively to debate, ability to write perceptive and well-argued reports. Descriptively presents information in the written assignment and tasks.
The student demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of subject and clear ability to pull together various elements of the course material. Evidence of background reading. There are no major areas omitted and the student demonstrates an ability to critically analyse and evaluate relevant information. A clear, concise, descriptive style of presentation in the written assignment and tasks
In-depth location-specific factual knowledge of tropical forestry;
An ability to collect, analyse and evaluation qualitative and quantitative information
An ability to design a coherent research project proposal and select and design relevant data collection instruments
An ability to reflect on risks and ethics in relation to data collection in developing countries.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Teaching is carried out through internet based e-modules. Each module contains well defined learning objectives, literature and exercises, including multiple-choice self-tests and mediated online discussions. Students will work in inter institutional virtual groups to arrive at project proposals that will form the basis for field work in the Joint Summer Module.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- 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
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
Subject specific skills
- Develop and identify research question(s) and/or hypotheses as the basis for investigation.
- 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.
- 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
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- D5AB: MSc Sustainable Forest and Nature Management year 1 (MSC/SFNM)
- D5AA: MSc Sustainable Tropical Forestry year 1 (MSC/STFOR)