Research and Professional Skills II: Zoology & Ecology (X2103)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This interdisciplinary module aims to develop your independent research skills and consolidate your ability to analyse and communicate science effectively.

You will work in a student-led team on a chosen topic to independently develop your research skills.

Then a series of computer and field practicals will provide you with further sampling and advanced analytical skills, complementing those learned in previous modules.

There will also be a careers-oriented session on entrepreneurship.

This will all prepare you for your final year, and help you be more competitive for a professional career.


15%: Lecture
35%: Practical (Workshop)
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Media production, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 34 hours of contact time and about 116 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: