Courses & Units

Advanced Biodiversity Conservation KPZ722



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
Unit code KPZ722
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Plant Science|Zoology

Chris Johnson

Teaching staff

Menna Jones, Barry Brook, David Bowman

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 15/7/2019 9/8/2019 2/9/2019 20/10/2019

* 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 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 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:

KPZ308 or KZA360 or KZA760


Teaching Pattern

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%

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