Search results - Field Techniques for Surveying Mammals & Reptiles (with credit)
|Types||Online and Distance Learning|
|Dates||Fri 4 Jan to Fri 8 Feb 2013|
|Application status||Course ended|
|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 short, stand-alone training course which is 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 surveys.
This course can be taken with academic credit (assignment of up to 2,000 words) or without academic credit. This page relates to taking the course WITH CREDIT. For information about taking this course without academic credit, please click here.
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. If the course is being taken for credit, participants will need to complete an assessment. 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 new Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques.
Minimum IT Requirements
Please note that this course is taken online; to participate in our online courses we recommended 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 topic 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 topic website
Dr Jocelyne Hughes
I am Programme Director in Ecological Survey Techniques. Since 1998, I have been a Departmental Lecturer in the Department...more
Dr Chris Newman
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 be counted towards a postgraduate qualification.
- Students must engage with, and contribute to all the discussion forums via the course VLE
- Students must submit a summative written assignment of up to 2,000 words. Students will have to formulate the research questions for a given scenario to do with mammal or reptile surveys, and then provide the justification and detailed evaluation of their chosen mammal or reptile survey protocol. Pass mark set at 50%. Work awarded 70% or over will qualify for a distinction.
Teaching methodsThe course is taken entirely online but is tutor-led by an experienced mammal ecologist.
Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our financial assistance page.
- Programme Fee
- Course fee: £675.00
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The fees for taking this course with academic credit are:
- Accredited rate: £675.00
Sorry, this course is not currently accepting applications. If you have any questions about this course, please use the course enquiry form.