This unit will provide you with an advanced level of knowledge in the application of biological principles and ecological science to the problems of conserving the diversity of animals and plants in ecosystems undergoing rapid change. You will gain an understanding of: current threats to biodiversity; tools and strategies to prevent declines and extinctions of species in the wild and maintain functioning ecosystems; current trends and controversies in biodiversity conservation; impacts of global climate change; restoration of species and ecological processes to degraded landscapes. Practical work will give you experience of landscape change due to fire, use of models in management of threatened species, and restoration of plant and animal communities in landscapes highly modified for agriculture. Assignments will develop your abilities public speaking; critical evaluation of controversial topics in conservation science; use of computer simulations; field biology; and the development of recommendations for management to allow recovery of populations and species threatened with extinction.
|Unit name||Advanced Biodiversity Conservation|
|Faculty/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Menna Jones, Barry Brook, David Bowman
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
* 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 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.
On completion of this unit, you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the application of fundamental principles from population and community ecology, genetics and ecosystem science to the conservation of biodiversity.
2. Critically evaluate uncertainty and controversy in the development of strategies for species conservation
3. Communicate effectively in the form of written reports and spoken presentations
4. Demonstrate knowledge, through understanding of theory and case studies, of the requirements for success in effective species conservation
5. Translate theoretical analysis of potential conservation strategies to recommendations for environmental management, taking account of barriers to implementation.
|Band||CSP Student Contribution||Full Fee Paying (domestic)||Field of Education|
|2||2020: $1,190.00||2020: $2,354.00||010999|
Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
KPZ308 or KZA360 or KZA760
2 hr lecture and 3 hr practical each week
Assessment Task 1: ecological restoration presentation 25%; Assessment Task 2: population viability analysis report 20%; Assessment Task 3: fire and habitat practical report 15%; Final examination 40%
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
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