Project in Biology
Students will develop a research question, plan an appropriate methodological approach, and collect and analyse the data from that investigation under the guidance of an allocated project supervisor. The project may take a number of approaches and may include, but is not limited to, a combination of laboratory, fieldwork or secondary data collection and analysis and will consider any health and safety issues, and ethical issues as well as developing scientific communication skills.
Sustainability of Biological Resources
The unit will examine biological theory underlying the sustainable use of resources. Topics covered will include: productivity; harvesting; pollution; genetic modification; tragedy of the commons.
The Social Life of Animals
This unit will discuss the variation in social behaviour and communication between and within species in relation to ecological requirements and the evolution of cognition.
Tropical Ecology and Conservation
You will examine effects of anthropogenic environmental changes on terrestrial tropical habitats, biodiversity, and human livelihoods, and ways to integrate conservation with human development goals.
Wildlife Ecology and Behaviour
This unit observes the key elements of the basic taxonomy, biology, ecology and behaviour of groups such as birds, mammals and insects.
Animal Behaviour and Conservation
This unit will address the importance of animal behaviour as a component of conservation biology.
Movement Physiology and Ecology
This unit will discuss key physiological adaptations in animals and plants, and use them to explain how organisms disperse, locomote and migrate.
Frontiers in Biotechnology
This unit uses a case study approach to current issues in microbial biotechnology by developing students' own biotechnology ideas into consultancy tenders for industry.
This unit explores contemporary issues in freshwater ecology, conservation and restoration, focussing on lakes, rivers and wetlands, providing skills relevant to environmental consultancy and regulatory industries.
This unit explores the role of microbes in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem functioning and methods in studying microbial community structure and function.
Conservation and Genetics of Populations
Within the context of evolutionary genetics, this unit will encompass topics in evolutionary biology, population genetics and the genetic basis of biological problems in conservation.
Biological Responses to Environmental Change
You will examine the physiological, behavioural, ecological and distributional changes in species that result from global change, and consider community and ecosystem consequences of these.
Genetic Data and Analysis
This unit will explore genetic and genomic research to address problems in evolution, human health, and conservation with an emphasis on genetic data and analysis.
Temperate Conservation and Habitat Management
The unit will critique the conservation of biodiversity in temperate habitats, evaluating and contextualising the management of local, regional and national biodiversity.
Coastal Ecology and Ecosystem Services
This unit will explore contemporary issues in coastal ecology, conservation and restoration, and examine the unique organisms that live where the land meets the sea. Example topics will include methods of coastal management and restoration, the basis of coastal ecosystem services and the links between coastal community livelihoods and coastal biodiversity.
Impacts of Global Change on Ecosystems
In this unit, students will develop a detailed understanding of ecosystem science and the changes in ecosystems and biodiversity that have occurred in the past, and that may take place in the future, under the influence of a changing environment. Paleoecological approaches to study of past environments will be examined with typical examples from the study of tree rings and peat cores. The analysis of ecosystem functioning will be explored, principally through investigation of the means by which ecosystem processes are monitored and measured and through examination of various ecosystem manipulation experiments and national monitoring networks.
The Undergraduate Consultancy
This unit challenges students to deliver high-quality outputs from live projects to address the needs of professional clients.