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Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques

  • 1. The course will consist of instruction in the theory and practice of Ecological Survey Techniques. The course will be taken on a part-time basis.

  • 2. The policy of the Continuing Education Strategic Management Board on variable intensity part-time postgraduate study applies to this award.

  • 3. The minimum period of registration for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate shall be three terms and the maximum period shall be six terms.

  • 4. Where a candidate undertakes a module under 8 below, the date of registration for the award shall retrospectively be deemed to be the first day of the term in which the module was taken.

  • 5. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

    • (a) four written assignments of not more than 2,000 words, one from each of the two modules in Schedule A and one from each of two modules selected from the list in Schedule B. Depending on the modules chosen, up to two of the written assignments on the modules from Schedule B may be replaced by presentations in a media specified by the examiners;

    • (b) One field project of not more than 5,000 words and an associated journal of not more than 1,000 words.

    • The assessed work under Clauses 5 (a) and (b) will be submitted to examiners, via the approved online submission system, for consideration by dates published in the course handbook at the start of the academic year. Presentations shall be delivered as poster presentations or synchronously using an approved online platform accompanied by slides submitted through the approved online submission system.

  • 6. Candidates may be required to attend a viva voce examination at the end of the course at the discretion of the examiners.

  • 7. Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in any part of the assessment listed under 5(a) and (b) will be permitted to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts of the examination which they have failed on not more than one occasion which shall normally be within one year of the original failure.

  • 8. The Course Committee shall have the discretion to deem satisfactory completion of a module including the associated assessment prior to registration for the award as having met the examination requirements in respect of that module. Such discretion will normally only be exercised if the time elapsed between commencement of the module concerned and registration for the award is not more than two years. The maximum number of modules taken prior to registration for the award that can contribute to the achievement of the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in this way shall be two.

Core Modules Schedule A

Data analysis

Plant biodiversity and habitat assessment methods

Optional Modules Schedule B

Mammal and reptile survey methods

Bird biodiversity and population monitoring methods

Fish and amphibian survey methods

Invertebrate biodiversity and population monitoring methods