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Ecology (Study Abroad)

BSc Hons (Full Time)

Year:13/14
UCAS Code:C182
Minimum Length:3 Year(s)
Credit Points:360
Part II Weight:8
Part II Year 2 Weight:3
Part II Year 3 Weight:5
Part II Year 4 Weight:0
Director of Studies:Dr A Wilby

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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The Ecology (Study Abroad) degree emphasises practical ecology based on a thorough understanding of the underlying scientific principles, and is aimed at students with a broad interest in how organisms interact with each other and the environment, how they have evolved, and how they function within ecosystems.  In the Study Abroad programme, the whole of the second year is spent studying in an overseas university, usually in North America or Australasia.  During the time at Lancaster, the degree is taught by the staff of the Lancaster Environment Centre as well as external lecturers from organisations such as the Environment Agency, Natural England, the RSPB and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. The Ecology programme has a strong emphasis on practical skills and fieldwork, making full use of Lancaster's unique location on the doorstep of the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks, The Forest of Bowland and Arnside & Silverdale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the Morecambe Bay Limestones & Wetlands Nature Improvement Area.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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The degree begins with an integrated first year, which combines subject-specific modules with broader courses introducing key environmental issues. The first year includes a compulsory residential field course in southern Spain. As the whole the second year of the programme is spent in the chosen university overseas, the study abroad advisors at Lancaster help students select appropriate modules from the host university to ensure good academic preparation for the third year back in Lancaster. In the third year, the course covers core ecology modules, with a range of optional modules in animal behaviour, plant science, eco-physiology, sustainable agriculture, conservation biology, environmental science and geography, which enables you to tailor your training to match your needs and interests. The final year includes an independent research project done under the supervision of Lancaster Environment Centre academic staff.

In addition to developing subject-specific knowledge and understanding in ecology, the degree programme aims to develop practical, intellectual, interpersonal and self management skills as well as numeracy and literacy. By the end of the degree programme students are able to:

-         Plan, conduct and report scientific projects

-         Synthesise information from a variety of sources

-         Interpret numerical data

-         Use appropriate equipment effectively

-         Display competence in the laboratory

-         Carry out risk assessments and list appropriate safety precautions associated with practical or project work

-         Collect and present experimental and field survey data

In addition students develop a series of transferrable skills:

-         The ability to adapt to a novel society and culture

-         Work independently or as part of a team

-         Data recording, analysis and interpretation

-         Competence in the use of relevant Information Technologies

-         Effective written and oral communication skills

-         Effective time management, planning and organisational skills

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