Literature Review Module
This module is an alternative for students that are unable to attend the Biology, Zoology or Marine Biology field courses. Students will be supplied with data to analyse and directed to research and investigate relevant habitats that emulate those studied on the field course.
This module will provide the learner with a detailed and holistic overview of life on earth and includes a range of subject matter including evolution, cell biology, anatomy and physiology, as well as behaviour, ecology and conservation. The module is supported by two practicals that aim to build core skills required within the field of biology including identification skills, field based sampling, and numerical skills.
Animal behaviour in conservation and welfare
This module assesses the role of animal behaviour in driving and understanding conservation and welfare policy. Students will be introduced to the concept of conservation biology and biodiversity and the current status of species. Specific aspects of conversational concern, such as fragmentation, degradation, over-exploitation, invasive species, in situ and ex situ are introduced and examples are provided of how behavioural studies and knowledge of animal behaviour can, and have been used within conservation. The use and role of animal behaviour in laboratory animal's welfare is also introduced. Furthermore students are also introduced to the domestication process and how to effectively manage animals for cultivation.
Introduction to field ecology
This residential field course comprises practical work employing techniques appropriate to sample biodiversity and environmental parameters from a range of terrestrial and freshwater habitats (woodlands, grasslands, freshwater systems). Students will learn techniques for the identification of species, practice recording accurate field notes, and gain experience in the analysis and presentation of ecological data. Furthermore students will be able to recognise different temperate habitats and the indicator species associated with them.
Mammalian Carnivore Ecology and Conservation
This course aims to explore the ecology and conservation of one of the most fascinating and iconic groups of extant animals. The charismatic appeal of most mammalian carnivores often overshadows their evolutionary significance and ecological importance. The course covers a wide variety of topics including predator-prey ecology, evolution of the modern mammalian carnivores, social and foraging behaviours, and disease. The module will also discuss the threats currently facing this group, and the global and local strategies that are attempting to halt the decline of many species.
Epidemiology of zoonotic diseases
The purpose of this module is to provide the learner with a detailed understanding and overview of notable infectious diseases with an emphasis on zoonoses. Diseases covered in this module may include Lyme disease,Toxoplasmosis, influenza, echinococcosis/Hydatid, Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Cryptosporidiosis and Rabies. Case studies will be used to illustrate key principles of disease epidemiology, pathogen detection,surveillance, risk assessment and control strategies in an applied context. This module would be of particular interest and utility for those learners who wish to pursue a career / further research in parasitological, medical and veterinary subjects
Professional Techniques in Ecology, conservation and Resource Management
This field based module will introduce students to the professional techniques utilised to monitor and study animals and plants in a variety of terrestrial habitat types and in relation to conservation management and biodiversity monitoring in the United Kingdom. The course places a strong emphasis on ecological census techniques and basic classification and taxonomy. Students will learn about the biotic and abiotic factors that define different UK habitats and be introduced to the natural history of Wales. This module is suitable for students wishing to pursue a career in ecological consultancy or conservation.
Ecosystems: Ecology, Conservation & Resource Management
In this module, the students will learn to identify and understand the diversity and contrasting characteristics of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems with an emphasis on the origin and effects of various human-induced environmental impacts.