MSc Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Offer Holders
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in order to ensure that your programme of study can be delivered safely, we will be making some amendments to your programme.
Your programme would normally be delivered in-person on campus. In 2020-21, we plan to deliver it in multi-mode for the Autumn term in the first instance. If you are unable to travel to campus for the Autumn term multi-mode means that you will not be disadvantaged in your learning experience over the course of your programme, and that through remote teaching our intended learning outcomes will be achieved.
We plan to offer your programme in-person on campus during the Easter and Summer Terms in 2021, however we also have contingency plans in place in case of further disruption as a result of COVID-19 and associated restrictions.
All on campus provision will be subject to the requirements of the current Public Health advice from the UK Government, College guidelines on social distancing and any additional health and safety measures. In the event that there is an escalation of the current outbreak or a new outbreak of COVID-19 during your programme then, in line with Public Health Advice from the UK Government, we may be forced to suspend on-campus activity. This may be in connection with either national or local requirements. In this case, we will be able to deliver course elements, or replacement activities, to all students remotely.
The College will deliver your programme to ensure the approved learning outcomes are met and will take steps to make alternative arrangements in any extreme circumstances where this is not possible. The College is also developing community building activities to support the multi-mode experience for students.
College-wide induction and enrolment activities will operate in a remote format at the start of the academic year and there will be no requirement to visit the campus in-person to begin your studies.
The departmental induction activities for your programme will take place online, but these will be supplemented with some in-person induction activities which you may choose to attend. Further details will be provided nearer to the start of the programme.
Content of the programme
The College has reviewed the learning outcomes for your programme to ensure these can be taught and assessed in a multi-mode format.
Module Intended Learning Outcomes
No changes to the module learning outcomes have been made as a consequence of moving to the multi-mode delivery format.
We do not anticipate changing the outline schedule of when particular modules will be taught.
Taught components: Lectures, tutorials and non-lab/practical activities will be delivered remotely. Some labs/practicals will be available in person, and some will be delivered as remote alternatives that will deliver the same learning outcomes. In the event of a suspension of on-campus activity during the autumn term all teaching activities will be delivered remotely.
If you are unable to come to campus, tutorials and non-lab/practical activities in the Autumn and Spring Term will be delivered remotely, and you will also be given a remote alternative to the lab/practical activities that delivers the same learning outcomes.
Field courses: Students on MSc EEC typically go to Lundy Island for a residential field course. We plan to run the Lundy Field trip as intended. For those that are not able to travel this autumn there will also be a remote option. In the event that travel inside the UK will be impossible, the Lundy field course will be delivered entirely as a virtual field course. This includes collection of behavioural data using pre-recorded videos, the usage of long-term data, virtual demonstrations of key field techniques, etc.
Some project options on this programme are data and/or simulation based, and can be completed remotely. Others require in-person work in our laboratories or other specialist spaces. You will not be required to choose a project that requires in-person work to be undertaken.
In the event of a suspension of on-campus activity due to an escalation of the current outbreak or a new outbreak of COVID-19, if your project is data/simulation based it will also be possible to complete this remotely. If your project requires in-person presence on campus, you will be offered the option of switching to an alternative project capable of being completed remotely.
Online access to programme content
To access the content of the programme remotely you will be expected to have access to a computer, reliable internet connection and be able to use Microsoft Teams. Your College IT account will provide you with free access to the Office365 suite of tools, and further information about how to use Microsoft Teams is available online. Training and support for how to use other systems and software will be provided during the programme induction and through specific modules.
The College has agreed that the default alternative arrangement for any on-campus formal written examinations is to provide a timed remote assessment. For other types of assessment, the method may be amended to accommodate the multi-mode arrangements. All students participating in a piece of assessment will do this is the same way, whether they choose to come to campus or study remotely. All assessments will be completed in a remote format. Details of individual assessments will be provided in the Programme Handbook.
Length of the programme
We anticipate you will be able to complete the programme within the timescale previously advertised, i.e. 12 months full-time.
To study remotely you will be expected to have access to a computer and to a reliable internet connection, and you will need to cover any associated costs for these. There are no other expected additional costs (beyond those previously advertised) to participate in the programme if you choose to study remotely.
On site in-person teaching will still be delivered at the Silwood Park campus, or in accommodation within the Silwood Park neighbourhood.
Your experience at Imperial goes beyond just your academic studies. With the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), Imperial has been working with your Union to ensure that we are able to provide, enhance and facilitate all areas of your student experience under all eventualities. We identified key pillars of the wider student experience: academic experience; research culture and environment; amenities and accommodation; student community; wellbeing support; co-curricular activities and extra-curricular activities. Information on how we will deliver these, along with information on our Library Services, considering current social distancing restrictions, as well as a full lockdown, are set out on our website.