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Advanced Conservation Physiology and Disease Ecology KPZ716



This unit will provide you with an advanced level of knowledge of the physiology of reproduction, stress and disease ecology in higher vertebrates. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of how knowledge of a species' physiology and behaviour, particularly in relation to reproduction, is critical to the implementation of sound conservation strategies and captive management. Retaining the theme of conservation management, you will gain an appreciation of the importance of understanding disease ecology and epidemiology for conservation and experience in applying this knowledge in novel situations. Fundamental topics covered will include: comparative endocrinology of reproduction in mammals, birds and reptiles; adrenal physiology; the stress response; the transmission of infectious disease; causes of disease emergence in wildlife; and disease control. You will consider special topics including recent developments in: ethical considerations in animal research: reproductive technologies; stress effects on reproduction; non-invasive hormone monitoring; endocrine disruptors; disease surveillance; exposure versus infection; and understanding disease dynamics. In practical classes you will gain hands-on experience in relevant laboratory and theoretical research techniques as they apply to professional practice. The assessment in this unit will provide you with opportunities to demonstrate mastery in using primary literature to critique and apply knowledge and skills creatively in novel situations.


Unit name Advanced Conservation Physiology and Disease Ecology
Unit code KPZ716
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Plant Science|Zoology

Ashley Edwards

Teaching staff

Elissa Cameron, Scott Carver

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 25/2/2019 22/3/2019 15/4/2019 2/6/2019

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.

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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, you will be able to:

1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the physiology, endocrinology of reproduction, adrenal function and disease ecology in the terrestrial vertebrates

2. Formulate decisions regarding the conservation and captive breeding of terrestrial vertebrates by synthesising information from a selection of relevant and valid sources

3. integrate observations, and draw conclusions which apply expert judgements from, practical activities

4. communicate your research effectively using a range of formats relevant to a wide range of audiences

5. Justify animal research from an ethical perspective through careful consideration of impacts on individuals relative to benefits for conservation



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2019: $1,169.00 2019: $2,200.00 010999

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KPZ211 and KZA212

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

KPZ306 or KZA350 or KZA750


Teaching Pattern

2 hr lecture and 3 hour practical each week


Assessment Task 1: ethics assignment; 10% Assessment Task 2: discussion paper 12.5%; Assessment Task 3: critical review essay 25%; Assessment task 4:poster 12.5%; Final examination 40%

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