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Module BO3108: Plants and the Irish Environment

Module BO3108
Co-ordinator: Professor John Parnell
Other Lecturers: Professor Michael Williams, Professor Jane Stout, Professor Trevor Hodkinson, Professor Daniel Kelly, Professor Fraser Mitchell, Professor Nick Gray, & Professor Mike Jones
Course Type: Mandatory
Assessment: 100% Continual Assessment
ECTS: 5 credits


Contact hours:


40 hours

Total 40 hours


This week combines an introduction to the Botany and Environmental Sciences moderatorships with a series of field-based activities including a residential field-trip.
The aims of the course are:

  1. To introduce you to the moderatorships, your class-mates and the staff and postgraduates of Botany and the Centre for the Environment
  2. To learn botanical field identification skills and skills in field recording of plant ecology and physiology
  3. To assess some of the environmental variables that affect plant growth and survival and plant community structure
  4. To examine how human activities alter the landscape and the biological communities within it

The Field Course will be held during the first week of the Michaelmas Term.

Learning outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Collect and accurately record various types of data from a range of local habitats using several different methods
  • Identify native species
  • Interpret relationships between plants, and between plants and the physical environment
  • Contrast ecological sampling techniques and assess their relative merits
  • Analyse in detail the natural and cultural landscape

Assessment: Write-up + field notebooks


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Last updated 14 September 2012