Conservation Biology Issues: Let’s relive Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology all in one hour. YES!!! Population genetics FTW!!!! It’s also with undergrads. This means kids that really don’t want to be there, and fall asleep, are rather rude, noisy and uh. . they smell. Seriously. The two guys in front of us REEEEEKED. Why? It’s a class at 11 a.m.!!!
Assignments: two short “answer these questions” hypothetical papers, then two short topic essays
Ecosystem Management: Another course with undergrads, but taught by my Programme Director. SWEET!! Apparently there are 24-ish MSc students and 60 BSc students. Most of us MSc’s were there, I can’t say the same for the BSc students. We also spent half the time laughing ourselves silly because he was covering things we just did in Quantitative Techniques. ARGH Shannon/Simpson Evenness I dislike you! I can somewhat explain it though, so that’s good.
Assignments: Two case studies. One on Limestone pavement, the other on moor grazing. EEK! We get to start the first one on Thursday. I am so scared.
GIS & Remote Sensing: Possibly my new favourite course. I did come to this University purely for the GIS course, so I better like this darn thing. I also think our professor is HILARIOUS. He’s such a nerd it’s not even funny. Apparently we’re using Grass 6.0 as our GIS programme, instead of ArcGIS (expensive, etc. most of our lecture was about how much ArcGIS costs a crapton). So the story of Grass is that it’s free (huzzah!) and also runs best on. . ready for this? Linux! So we get to use Linux for one of my courses. I’m a bit thrilled. Prof. Sanderson is also quite keen on teaching us the command codes for the programme instead of the “click here, click there” approach. SWEET!
Assignments: ONE report/study/thingy
Trees: Growth, Management and Environmental Impact: Not a favourite. It looks at soils. We haven’t actually had a lecture for this course, but apparently we have a lot to do for it. Hellooooo no more free time. We have to attend seminars on Friday, do FIVE assignments and deal with undergrads to boot. The good news is that we get TWO field trips and they sound mildly interesting. One even has us going back to Kielder Forest.
Assignments: two 1500 word essays (60%), Group MSc Seminar (20%) — Powerpoint, two field reports (20%)
Can we say this will be hell on earth for me?? FOUR of my *adds up assignment total* 12 assignments are due on the 12th (1), 13th (1) and 14th (2) of March. WHAT ON EARTH?!?!?! Helloooooo extension time. I understand budgeting our time, but this seems almost improbably hard. I’m starting time management RIGHT NOW. I am going to make google maps EXTREMELY pretty with all my assignments and due dates. I only know some of them, but hopefully I can get it all sorted and looking right.
Let’s not even start in on how I have to get my Project funding application in, my minor write up for my thesis literature on Feb 8, PICK a bloody topic (will be achieved on Wednesday), and all that hell. I am going to live at this laptop or in a computer cluster. HOLY CRAP!
If you don’t hear from me until April, this is why. You have been warned.