Good Field Practices

Course Code :1001WETGFP
Study domain:Biology
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:50
Credits:4
Study load (hours):112
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Erik Matthysen

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The following topics are addressed:
- design and planning of field projects
- use of maps and GIS
- safety in field conditions
- permits and ethical aspects
- data management, analysis, quality control
- accuracy, calibration and use of field instruments

In addition, short overviews are given of specific methods for collecting abiotic and biotic data, including micro- and macroclimate parameters, abundance and distribution of organisms, methods for trapping and sampling animals. These methods are illustrated in exercises and field excursions.
 
Finally, students write a research plan for an assigned research question, where all of the above aspects (where relevant) are incorporated.