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BI1302

Fish and Wildlife Census Techniques

The aim of the course is for the student to learn how to plan inventories, apply the most important inventory methods for fish and wildlife, to analyze and interpret the results from these investigations, and to understand the ethical aspects of handling and marking animals. Teacher-supported training allows the students to plan, practice, compile and present the results from a selection of census techniques. An overview of current Swedish and European legislation and organization is presented concerning the handling of free-living animals in research. In a number of lectures, ethical issues like stress, anxiety, pain or suffering during handling, as well as organizational issues are discussed. Methods for anaesthesia of animals as well as sampling and injection methods are demonstrated and practiced.

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BI1302-10102 - Course evaluation report

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Additional course evaluations for BI1302

Academic year 2021/2022

Fish and Wildlife Census Techniques (BI1302-M1102) 2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

Fish and Wildlife Census Techniques (BI1302-10024) 2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

Fish and Wildlife Census Techniques (BI1302-10050) 2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Academic year 2018/2019

Fish and Wildlife Census Techniques (BI1302-10087) 2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05

BI1302 Fish and Wildlife Census Techniques, 15.0 Credits

Inventeringsmetoder för vilt och fisk

Syllabus approved

2018-11-15

Subjects

Biology Forest science

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.

Language

English

Prior knowledge

Knowledge at basic level equivalent to 120 credits including
- 60 credits Biology including 15 credits Ecology or
- 60 credits Forest Science including 15 credits Ecology or
- 60 credits Natural Resource Management including 15 credits Ecology or
- 60 credits Environmental Sciences including 15 credits Ecology
and
- English 6



Objectives

The aim of the course is for the student to learn how to plan inventories, apply the most important inventory methods for fish and wildlife, to analyze and interpret the results from these investigations, and to understand the ethical aspects of handling and marking animals.

After completing the course, the student should be able to:
- Plan fish and wildlife censuses on the basis of problem formulation, method performance, labour and equipment requirements, legal constraints, and animal welfare and ethical issues.
- Conduct a selection of census techniques that are of importance for the sustainable management of fish and wildlife populations.
- Analyse, interpret, present and discuss data collected by various census techniques.
- Relate the handling of free-living animals during surveys and sampling to the ethics and legislation of animal research.

Content

The student must do an individual project where the purpose is to plan censuses. The student chooses a species, but during a seminar all such student choices are coordinated in order to avoid overlap and to ensure a diversity of methods are covered within the course. The students are supervised during the project, but the project mainly relies on the student’s own work using the scientific literature. A number of real-life case studies will also be presented.
Teacher-supported training allows the students to plan, practice, compile and present the results from a selection of census techniques.

In order to learn the statistical calculations for the most common census techniques, the student will work with general statistical software (e.g. R, Excel), as well as method-specific software. A number of exercises will support the students learning, some of which may be compulsory and may vary from year to year.

An overview of current Swedish and European legislation and organization is presented concerning the handling of free-living animals in research. In a number of lectures, ethical issues like stress, anxiety, pain or suffering during handling, as well as organizational issues are discussed. Methods for anaesthesia of animals as well as sampling and injection methods are demonstrated and practiced. Lectures and exercises also cover how to deal with an application to an ethical committee on animal research.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved written project report and and oral presentation, approved participation in compulsory excercises, approved written examination.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course is a part of the Master´s Programme in the Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations but is open to other students.

Students following the Forest Science programme at SLU meet the requirements of 15 credits in Ecology by the courses given over the first two years of the programme. The requirement of 15 credits in Ecology can also be met by the course SG0251 Forest Ecology 15 credits.

SLU is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001. A large part of our courses cover knowledge and skills that contribute positively to the environment. To further strengthen this, we have specific environmental goals for the education. Students are welcome to suggest actions regarding the course’s content and implementation that lead to improvements for the environment. For more information, see webpage www.slu.se.

Responsible department

Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Biology field: Ekologi
Replaces: BI1123

Study guidance and grading criteria

BI1302 Fish and wildlife census techniques

Course occasion

Period 1, 2021

The study guidance was revised

2021-08-02

Examiner

Navinder Singh

Department

Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental studies

Objectives

After finishing the course the student should be able to:

  1. Plan fish and wildlife censuses on the basis of problem formulation, method performance, labour and equipment requirements, legal constraints, and animal welfare and ethical issues.
  2. Conduct a selection of census techniques that are of importance for fish and wildlife management.
  3. Analyse, interpret, present and discuss data collected by various census techniques.
  4. Relate the handling of free-living animals during surveys and sampling to the ethics and legislation of animal research.

Content and teaching activities

LO 1. The learning outcome is reached by an individual projectwhere the purpose is to plan censuses. The student chooses a species, but during a seminar, all such student choices are coordinated in order to avoid overlap and to ensure a diversity of methods within the course. The students are supervised during the project, but the project mainly relies on the student's own work using scientific literature. A number of real-life case studies will also be presented.

LO 2. Teacher-supported trainingallow the students to plan, practice, compile, and present the results from a selection census techniques.

LO 3. In order to learn the statistical calculations for the most common census techniques, the student will work in R, as well as method specific software. Exercises will support the students learning.

LO 4. An overview of current Swedish and European legislation and organization is presented concerning the handling of free-living animals in research. In a number of lectures, ethical issues like stress, anxiety, pain or suffering during handling, as well as organizational issues are brought up. Methods for anaesthesia of animals as well as sampling and injection methods are demonstrated and discussed.

Grading criteria

The student's achievement is evaluated according to 4 different judgment areas. The examiner decides if individual strengths and weaknesses may compensate for each other. To get a final grade, the student must pass approved (grade 3) for all four judgement areas. Approved result is not possible to re-exam in order to get a higher grade. For the student to have an idea about what grade to expect on the written report the below table explains how different aspects of the report are graded.

Grade

Criteria

Judgment Area – LO 1

Judgment Area – LO 2

Judgment Area – LO 3

Judgment Area – LO 4

5 (A)

Beside the criteria for grade 4, the student can motivate an alternative methodincluding a discussion on data quality, resource use and costs in relation to the first option

Beside the criteria for grade 4, the student can discuss assumptions and limitations of a specific census method.

4 (B)

Beside the criteria for grade 3, the student can describe the statistics of the methods chosen, i.e. calculate the size and number of sampling units needed, how to estimate population size and confidence limits or population indices, and how to handle uncertainty. In addition, the student can identify a number of scientific studies where the method have been used, and discuss its use in the studies.

Beside the criteria for grade 3, the student can analyse population estimates and discuss uncertainty.

3 (D)

The student can plan and write a report (application) for inventories on the basis of problem formulation, method accomplishment, personnel and equipment requirements, permits needed, and animal welfare and ethical issues. Max 200 words in the summary and max 5000 words excluding title pages, table of contents, references, and appendices.

The student can conduct a selection of census techniques that are of importance for the fish and wildlife management of today

The student can use statistical methods to estimate population size or indices of size.

The student can relate the handling of wild animals during surveys and sampling to animal ethics issues and legislation

U (F)

The grade criteria for approved (3) are not fulfilled.

The grade criteria for approved (3) are not fulfilled.

The grade criteria for approved (3) are not fulfilled.

The grade criteria for approved (3) are not fulfilled.

Grading Criteria

The learning outcomes are examined through, and their weightage:

  1. Written Project Report and oral presentation at final seminar – 45% (30 pts - Written, 15 pts - Oral).
  2. Participation and hand in of the assignments of compulsory exercises (biodiversity excursion – 30 pts, electrofishing-35 pts, distance assignment – 35 pts) 10%.
  3. Written exam – 40%.
  4. Participation in ethics lectures and group exercises - 5%.

Guidance to the calculation of grades:

5 -- greater than 85%

4 -- 75 to 85%

3 -- 60 to 74%

U -- Unsatisfactory, less than 60%

Compulsory activities and deadlines for assignments and examination

In order to get a higher grade than approved (4 or 5), all examining parts of the course must be finished within given time as decided by the examiner. Dates and times are specified below for each judgement area. Such time limit shall include the first ordinary re-exam or the first occasion for renewed delivery of thesis, paper or other equivalent task. Extended time limit can be given under specific circumstances.

Judgment Area – LO 1

Judgment Area – LO 2

Judgment Area – LO 3

Judgment Area – LO 4

Grade based assessments

Project report and oral presentation

Participation in compulsory exercises

Written exam

Ethics

Time schedule for delivery of assignments or compulsory exercises

Written report: 2021-10-25, 24 h

Oral presentation: 2021-10-27

Students whose reports and presentations do not meet the criteria for approved (3), have to deliver an updated version of the report alternatively conduct a new presentation within 7 days after that the result of the examination have been given.

Participation in the biodiversity excursion 2021-09-07

Electrofishing: one of 15-18 September, depending on weather, and hand in of assignment before 1200h 23 Sep.

Distance sampling assignment: hand in before 1200h, 2021-10-05.

First exam: 2021-10-22

09.00-14.00

Re-exam: The date and time for the re-exam is decided after consultation between the examiner (Navinder Singh) and the students.

Participation in lectures and group exercises

Note – If the above dates need to be changed for some reason, the students will be announced in advance.

1) Ecological census techniques
Author: William J Sutherland
Comments: Found in the Canvas

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest Science - Master´s Programme Conservation and Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology Forest science
Course code: BI1302 Application code: SLU-10102 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies Pace: 100%