Modiwl BSX-2031:
Arizona Fieldcourse

Ffeithiau’r Modiwl

Rhedir gan School of Natural Sciences

20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS

Semester 1

Trefnydd: Dr Wolfgang Wuster

Amcanion cyffredinol

The aims of this module are to promote:

An understanding of the physiological, morphological and behavioural adaptations of animals, especially reptiles and amphibians, to desert conditions.

An appreciation of the diversity of reptiles and amphibians in the southwestern USA, their distributions, habitats, niches and biogeography.

Herpetological and general biological field skills and experience: location, observation, capture methods, handling, safety, note-taking, notebook skills.

Cynnwys cwrs

10 day field course in Arizona and New Mexico or equivalent areas, focused on herpetology and desert ecology.

Prepare for field course by background reading. Carry out field excursions to habitats, including both daytime and nighttime fieldwork and lab work. Learn about the habitats and fauna by a variety of means, including personal observations, talks by BU and local staff. Observe and record animal behaviour and habitat by various means that may include photography, video recording and/or sketching.

Under staff supervision, practice capturing and handling of fauna, particularly reptiles and amphibians, while observing ethical and safety protocols. Carry out species identification using field guides and keys. At the end of the fieldwork, an assignment will be set which will include numerical analysis of data, observations or material collected in the field.

Meini Prawf

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Can record observations thoroughly, systematically and clearly, without significant omissions, taking trouble to find out details of identification to fine taxonomic level or to uncover theories of the function and evolution of the behaviour observed. Clear evidence of original, unguided observations. Exhibits clear awareness of the ecologica, biogeographical or environmental context of observations. Presents findings accurately and succinctly with clarity, imagination, originality and strongly-developed aesthetic sense. Able to identify most organisms to species level, with evidence of thoroughness and awareness of potential pitfalls.

Grade A (70-100%)

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Good: Can record observations clearly and systematically, with a grasp of the practical issues relating to collection and presentation of data/observations, and few major omissions. Exhibits strong knowledge of habitats and biota visited. Shows awareness their ecological, biogeographical and environmental context. Able to identify a majority of organisms to the appropriate level (usually species). Presents findings accurately and with flair, clarity and originality. Grade B (60-69%)

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Threshold: Can record observations in a reasonably clear and systematic fashion and has some grasp of the practical issues relating to collection and presentation of data/observations. Considerable inconsistencies in note-taking remain. Exhibits some knowledge of habitats and biota visited and the relevant conservation/ management issues, although this may be very incomplete and contain significant errors. Presents findings largely accurately and clearly. Able to identify most organisms at least to the level of major group. Grade D & C (40-49%)

Canlyniad dysgu

  1. Demonstrate identification skills and knowledge relating to fauna of visited regions.

  2. Demonstrate the ability to make detailed, thorough and original field observations and to record and present them systematically.

  3. Demonstrate the skills necessary for self-managed and lifelong learning (undertaking directed reading, time management, working to a deadline)

  4. Demonstrate understanding of the factors governing distribution and habitat use and niche partitioning in animals.

Dulliau asesu

Math Enw Disgrifiad Pwysau
PRAWF DOSBARTH ID Quiz

Open book ID quiz based on photos and key usage, to be run in Arizona during the field course.

20
LLYFR LOG NEU BORTFFOLIO Field notebook

Field notes of habitats, species seen, behaviours observed etc. during the trip

40
ADDRODDIAD Niche exercise

Numerical exercise involving analysis of data, partly gathered during the field course.

40

Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu

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Lecture

Pre-departure lectures on preparations, safety, assessment etc.

Short talks in Arizona on topics relevant to the day's activities

Post Arizona lecture introducing post-fieldcourse assessment,

6
Individual Project

Small project on niche partitioning in reptiles

74
Fieldwork

Fieldwork involving morning walks, afternoon seminars, evening excursions (walks, night-driving).

120

Sgiliau Trosglwyddadwy

  • Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
  • Rhifedd - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio rhifau ar lefelau priodol o gywirdeb
  • Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
  • Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
  • Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
  • Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
  • Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
  • Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
  • Ymwybyddiaeth o ddiogelwch - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch amgylchedd a hyder o ran cadw at reoliadau iechyd a diogelwch
  • Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
  • Gwaith Tîm - Gallu cydweithio'n adeiladol ag eraill ar dasg gyffredin, ac/neu fod yn rhan o dîm gweithio o ddydd i ddydd
  • Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
  • Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.
  • Arweinyddiaeth - Gallu arwain a rheoli, datblygu cynlluniau gweithredu ac amcanion, cynnig arweiniad a chyfarwyddyd i eraill, ac ymdopi â'r pwysau sy'n gysylltiedig ag awdurdod o'r fath

Adnoddau

Goblygiadau o ran adnoddau ar gyfer myfyrwyr

Students pay for cost of field course through three deposits spread through the latter parts of Year 1 and the summer before Year 2. Typical costs in recent years (2017 and 2018) were of the order of £1550-1600, but this depends on air fares in any given year and exchange rate fluctuations. This includes flights, accommodation, food for 7 out of 10 days, local transport and fuel. In recent years, we have recommended bringing approx. US$200 for additional food, snacks etc. Student are also responsible for acquiring suitable field clothing and sun protection (robust boots, sun hat, high SPF clothing, sun screen etc.)

Rhestr ddarllen

Brennan, T.C. & A.T. Holycross (2006) A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles in Arizona. Arizona Game & Fish Department, Phoenix.

Hutchinson, G.E. (1957). "Concluding remarks". Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology 22 (2): 415–427.

Jones, L.L.C. & R.E. Lovich (Eds.) (2009) Lizards of the American Southwest. A Photographic Field Guide. Rio Nuevo Publishers, Tucson.

Rubio, M. (2010) Rattlesnakes of the United States and Canada. ECO Publishing, Rodeo, New Mexico.

Stebbins, R.C. (2003) A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians. Houghton Mifflin, Boston.

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