Evening Programmes & Professional Development

The School of BEES has led the way in the development of courses for evening students and for professional development. These include:

The evening Diploma in Geology

The Certificate and Diploma in Field Ecology

Geology FieldworkThis two year Diploma programme aims to give a broad based up-to-date appreciation of Geology. It tackles subjects such as the history of the earth and its environment over the past 4.6 billion years, how the earth works and an explanation for the occurrence of earthquakes, volcanoes, the evolution of life and planetary geology.

The course analyses exciting new theories of plate tectonics which aim to unify these and other topics, and presents several case studies. The course is of two years duration, for one evening per week, 7.00-10.00pm. Several one-day field classes are held at times convenient to the students, and there is a weekend field class in April of each year.

First year

This year provides an introduction to physical geology. The topics covered include: The origin of the earth, Geological time, Earthquakes and the internal layering of the earth, Continental drift and plate tectonics, Minerals and crystals, Igneous rocks, Volcanic activity, Sedimentary rocks and ancient environments, Metamorphic rocks, Folding and fracturing of rocks.

Second Year

This year builds on year one by introducing historical geology and looks at the applications and uses of geology in the 21st century. Topics covered include:

Evolution of life; Fossils and dating of rocks; Interpretation of past environments; History of Ireland over the past three billion years; Geomorphology - processes which shape the landscape; Evolution of the atmosphere; Geology of the moon; Application of geology to everyday life; Environmental geology including: petroleum geology and Ireland's continental shelf, groundwater resources and protection in Ireland, engineering geology, geological hazards and geophysics. Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements other than a curiosity about the world and how it works, the history of the planet and the physical forces that shaped it. Applicants should be over 18 at the time of registration.

This includes a combination of continuous assessment, written and practical examinations and two projects.

Project one is an essay to be handed in by 15th February of the first year and project two is a poster handed in by 15th February of the Second Year.

Further Opportunities

This course can form part of the Open University B.Sc. or B.A.

Further Information

Dr. Richard Unitt, Department of Geology, UCC Tel: +353 21 4904575 e-mail: r.unitt@ucc.ie

Field EcologyThe Certificate and Diploma course in Field Ecology has been running for over 15 years and has proven popular in the past with people wishing to increase their skills and knowledge in the area of practical field ecology. It is a part-time distance learning course, combining home-based distance learning, residential field courses, weekend classes and an independent field project. This course will provide participants with a sound scientific understanding of the ecological principles underlying the subject of field ecology.

The Field Ecology Programme is run by the School of BEES in University College Cork and is currently underway. The next cycle will begin will begin in November 2015.

New Field Ecology Brochure (pdf) (3,427kB)

Course Aims and Objectives:

The Diploma in Field Ecology is a part-time distance learning course running over 24 months. It is a novel programme combining home-based distance learning, residential field courses, weekend classes and an independent field project. This course will provide participants with a sound scientific understanding of the ecological principles underlying the subject of field ecology.

The objectives of the course are:

  • To provide broad background in general and field ecology and environmental biology

  • To develop practical skills in scientific data collection and analysis, report writing and oral presentation of results

  • To provide the basis for independent ecological investigation and field studies

  • To provide some training for the interpretation of environmental impact studies and work related to conservation and management issues

  • To encourage appreciation of the natural environment

Type of Course: Certificate/Diploma

Duration: 2 years – option to exit after First Year with a Certificate

Fee: €1,150 per annum

Venue: University College Cork. Three weekends a year, plus a 2-week summer school. Venue for summer school in Year 2 may be different to Year 1.

NFQ Level: Certificate – 7 ; Diploma – 7. Award Type: Special Purpose

For more information on Entry Requirements, Application Procedures and Areas of Study, see the Course Information Document:

Field Ecology Course Information 2015-2016 (229kB) 

Further Information:

Course Information:     Caroline Lalor , Field Ecology Diploma and Certificate Course Coordinator

E-mail: caroline.lawlor@ucc.ie

 

Application Process:

Julianne Moynihan, Centre for Adult Continuing Education, University College Cork.

E-mail: j.moynihan@ucc.ie

Tel: 021-4904707

Field Ecology Course Outline 2015-2017 (320kB)

Field Ecology Module Descriptions 2015 (332kB)

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