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Dip (PD) Ecological Management & Conservation Biology

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

Dip (PD) Ecological Management & Conservation Biology

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Postgraduate Diploma

Programme Code

BIO-PD-EM

UCAS Code

JACS Code

C180 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:
go.qub.ac.uk/ If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

120

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Biological Sciences

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Agriculture, horticulture, forestry, food and consumer sciences (2009)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor Yvonne Buckley

Trinity College Dublin

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

n/a

Programme Specific Regulations

Examinations
• A candidate who fails one or more modules is permitted one further attempt to pass at the next available opportunity for a maximum mark of 50% subject to General Regulations.
Awards, Credits & Progression of Learning Outcomes
• A candidate who has a mark of 50% or more will be permitted to transfer to the MSc in Ecological Management and Conservation Biology after payment of any appropriate fee to the Finance Department; the regulations governing the MSc in Ecological and Conservation Biology will then apply.

Students with protected characteristics

The programme does not contain barriers to access or progression among protected groups.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

• To prepare graduates in the life sciences and those with other relevant first degrees for careers in business, industry and other areas of professional scientific employment.
• To give students with appropriate scientific backgrounds the opportunity to expand their knowledge and practical experience of ecological management and conservation biology

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Make sound scientific judgments

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students will develop the cognitive skills of analysis and evaluation through all modules, through classroom-based lectures, group learning activities, problem-based exercises. Directed reading and seminars.

Methods of Assessment

Written course work, poster and oral presentations and literature review

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Deal with complex environmental issues systematically and creatively

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Classroom-based lectures, group learning activities, problem-based exercises. Directed reading and seminars, individual literature study research and work placements write-up

Methods of Assessment

Written course work, poster and oral presentations and literature review.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Appropriately assess and use scientific evidence underlying conservation biology

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Classroom-based lectures, group learning activities, problem-based exercises. Directed reading and seminars, individual literature study research and work placement write-up.

Methods of Assessment

Written course work, poster and oral presentations and literature review.

Bibliographic search skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Introduction to literature review

Methods of Assessment

Continuous Assessment submissions and literature review

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Statistical Analyses (R)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Group practical classes with written/video instructions

Methods of Assessment

QOL assessment using Questionmark

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Apply numeracy skills; communicate effectively; use information technology, solve problems and work with others

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Classroom-based lectures, group learning activities, problem-based exercises, directed reading and seminars.

Methods of Assessment

Written course work, oral presentations and literature review

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Foundations for Research in the Biosciences

BBC8042

7

20

YES

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Ecological Management and Conservation Biology

BBC8034

7

40

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Skills in Ecological Management

BBC8035

7

30

YES

16 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Literature Review: Conservation Biology

BIO8305

7

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Conservation Biology Group Project

BIO8204

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes