Tropical conserva field course
Rhedir gan School of Natural Sciences
20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS
Trefnydd: Dr Simon Valle
This module aims to expose students to tropical conservation and ecology in a real-world setting and to provide insights into conservation issues that cannot be taught in a classroom. The course also aims to build up basic fieldwork skills (including field observation, species identification and bushcraft). The module will also provide an excellent opportunity for students to develop confidence in designing and implementing a small independent research project.
The students will have a series of introductory sessions during which they will select a general research topic to work on in Uganda with a small group and a research guide. The field course will be based in Kibale National Park, Uganda, and will be delivered in association with Makerere University (Uganda). Teaching in Uganda will be delivered by staff from Bangor University and Makerere University with expert input from the expert field guides. The majority of the teaching will be in the field in small groups but there will be occasional classroom sessions and discussions in the evening. Students will cover: ecology and species identification, survey techniques (especially camera trapping and distance sampling), plant phenology and forest structure, primate behaviour, social research methods (pitfalls and practicalities), human wildlife conflict and protected area management.
Grade A- and above Excellent knowledge of subject, ability to research and critically review information, ability to design and carry out high quality research and present this in an informative way with excellent discussion and interpretation.
Grade D- to C+: Basic knowledge of subject with some misunderstandings, ability to research and present basic information, ability to design and carry out basic research and present this with only small errors.
Grade B- to B+ Sound knowledge of subject, ability to research and present information, ability to design and carry out research and present this well.
Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills and the ability to make and effectively use good quality field notes.
Demonstrate accurate knowledge of the ecology and conservation issues relating to the sites visited.
Be able to design and implement a short research project on a topic of ecology or conservation.
Be able to research a tropical ecology or conservation issue, critically reviewing the available literature.
|Presentation on project||40|
|Field note book||20|
|Kibale National Park, Uganda: history, current management and suggestions for the future||40|
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
Students will work with others to develop a small group research project and then collect pilot data in the field.
|Practical classes and workshops||
Students will attend some preparotory sessions and watch panopto lectures over the summer.
Students will have to work alone to research and write their essay and to prepare their individual presentation.
Staff will run small group tutorials in the field to help with the design or analysis or project data and how to take good field notes.
Students will be in the field in Uganda for 11 days. Teaching will be intense throughout this time (apart from during their pilot data collection).
- 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
- Rheloaeth - Gallu defnyddio, cydlynu a rheoli adnoddau (dynol, ffisegol ac/neu ariannol)
- 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
Sgiliau pwnc penodol
- Develop and identify research question(s) and/or hypotheses as the basis for investigation.
- 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.
- Collect, analyse and interpret primary and/or secondary data using appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative techniques.
- Understand the provisional nature of information and appreciate competing and alternative explanations.
- Recognize the moral, ethical and social issues relating to the subject.
- Collect and record data generated by a diverse range of methods.
- Demonstrate awareness of the importance of risk assessment and relevant legislation
Goblygiadau o ran adnoddau ar gyfer myfyrwyr
Students will have to cover their own costs. Students will have to ensure they have up to date passports (6 months validity), appropriate visas, vaccinations and decent field clothes (drab colours, boots and long trousers). They will need to bring luggage they can carry inlcuding a day pack. They will need a light sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner. Insurance will be through the university insurance.
Rhestrau Darllen Bangor (Talis)http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/dxx-3304.html
We will prepare a tallis reading list (not available yet-will be developed when validated). NB We will only use freely available journal articles, books we allready recommened or occassional chapters which will need scanning.
Rhagofynion a Chydofynion
Cyrsiau sy’n cynnwys y modiwl hwn
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- C183: BSC Appl.Terrestrial & Marine Ec 4 year 4 (BSC/APTME)
- C180: BSc Appl. Terrestrial &Marine Ec year 3 (BSC/ATME)
- C184: BSc App Terrestrial & Marine Ecology with Intl Experience year 4 (BSC/ATMEIE)
- D503: BSc Conservation with Forestry with International Experience year 4 (BSC/CFIE)
- 5DKD: BSc Conservation with Forestry year 3 (BSC/CWF)
- 5DLD: BSc Conservation with Forestry (four year) year 4 (BSC/CWF4)
- D447: BSC Environmental Conservation year 3 (BSC/ECON)
- D448: BSC Environmental Conservation year 4 (BSC/ECON4)
- D451: BSc Environmental Conservation (International Experience) year 4 (BSC/ENIE)
- C328: BSc Wildlife Conservation year 3 (BSC/WLC)
- C332: BSc Wildlife Conservation with Place Yr year 4 (BSC/WLCP)