Field Techniques for Surveying Mammals & Reptiles
|Types||Online and Distance Learning|
|Dates||Wed 8 Jan to Wed 12 Feb 2014|
|Application status||Applications being accepted|
|Course contact||If you have any questions about this course, please email email@example.com or telephone +44 (0)1865 286951.|
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Field Techniques for Surveying Mammals and Reptiles is a tutor-led five-week standalone training course taught entirely online. It can be taken from anywhere in the world and is international in its use of case studies. It will appeal to a variety of students and practitioners in conservation and management who want to improve their ability to conduct ecological surveys of Mammals and Reptiles.
This course can be taken with or without academic accreditation. Students taking the course with academic credit submit an assignment of up to 2000 words or equivalent, students taking the course without academic credit will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon successful completion of the course.
Each topic is covered via guided reading, online activities, and discussion forums. All the reading material is embedded into the course, but students additionally have access to the University's electronic resources and online journals, which they are expected to use for some of the activities. Participants are expected to study on, and contribute to, the course for around 10-15 hours per week. There is a suggested calendar of activity which students can use to assist them in completing the course within the allocated five week duration of the course.
Field Techniques for Surveying Mammals and Reptiles is part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques. Students having taken a standalone module for academic credit can opt to transfer credit to the PGCert, subject to the approval of the course director. Students successfully transferring credit to the PGCert can expect to receive a fees discount equal to the fees paid toward the standalone module.
Minimum IT Requirements
Please note that this course is taken online; to participate in our online courses we recommend a minimum computer specification.
Topics covered by the course in Field Techniques for Surveying Mammals and Reptiles include:
- Introduction to mammals and reptiles
- Rationale for surveying mammals and reptiles - why survey?
- Conducting a survey - basic considerations
- Choosing a survey technique: direct and indirect techniques
- Direct techniques: observations, total counts, trapping and restraint
- Indirect techniques: field sign surveys, camera traps and surveillance
- Designing a sampling strategy or protocol
- Recording and storing data
- Data application - making sure you have the right data to accomplish your survey goals
- Case-study: location of Eurasian badger setts and the distribution of their territories, Wytham Woods, UK
To Sample the course
The final unit of the online course Field Techniques for Surveying Mammals and Reptiles is available. The practical uses Google Maps to explore and explain the distribution of badger setts and territories in Wytham Woods, Oxfordshire. To sample the practical please visit the project website
Dr Jocelyne Hughes
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To successfully complete the course and receive a Certificate of Attendance, active participation of at least one forum post per week, to the satisfaction of the course tutor, in the online course forums is required. The PDF sample above is an illustration only, and the wording will reflect the course and dates attended.
The University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education offers Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points for the course. Participants contributing to all the forums and successfully completing the assessment will obtain 10 CATS-equivalent points (FHEQ level 7) which may count towards a Master’s level qualification.
Students undertaking the course for academic credit must submit a summative written assignment of up to 2,000 words or equivalent. This is due approximately two weeks after the final day of the course. The pass mark is set at 50%, work awarded 70% or over will qualify for a distinction.
Teaching methodsThe course is taken entirely online and is led by an experienced ecologist.
- Programme Fee
- Accredited Study: £695.00
- Non-accredited Fee: £395.00
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Phone: +44 (0)1865 286952
To apply for the course with academic credit please download and complete the course application form below to apply by post (scanned applications will also be accepted via email). To join the course without academic credit please either enrol online or by post as instructed below:
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