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BIOL1001 Experimental and Field Biology

Module Overview

BIOL 1001 is made up of seminars at the University of Southampton, an 8 day residential field course normally in Andalucia, southern Spain and a 1-2 day student symposium to present project work findings. The field course provides an opportunity for students to get first hand experience of sampling, handling, identifying and studying organisms in the field. Spain has a diverse flora and fauna, which makes the course much more stimulating than any field trip in the UK. The aim of the course is: - To develop a fuller understanding and appreciation of the living world, - Develop a better understanding of ecological methods, experimental design and data analysis.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify to order most terrestrial arthropods that you might encounter, and describe their key distinguishing features,
  • Identify members of at least 10 plant families and describe their key distinguishing features,
  • Use keys to identify organisms that you have not previously encountered,
  • Design simple experiments to tackle ecological questions.


The field course focuses on the ecology and taxonomy of plants and invertebrates.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Small group teaching in the field and lab, evening seminars, independent study, both in groups and individually and a presentation of field work projects back in Southampton after the field trip.

Independent Study70
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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