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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Pre-requisites

24 Credit Points in SESE units

Unit aim

Introduces the theory and practice of wildlife conservation using an authentic learning approach. This includes a hands-on approach to learning the techniques used to collect basic data for wildlife management and conservation. Emphasis will be placed on developing the skills required to communicate the results of research projects that investigate conservation issues.

Unit content

  • Introduction to wildlife conservation.
  • Introduction to animal care and ethics.
  • Wildlife survey techniques.
  • Relevance of the Theory of Island Biogeography to Wildlife Conservation.
  • Population ecology and population viability analysis.
  • Conservation genetics.
  • Endangered species legislation.
  • Ecological considerations in conservation biology.
  • Animal home ranges.
  • Australian wildlife and climate change.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an ability to design a field survey Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline
2 demonstrate a high level of skill in report writing and in scientific data presentation Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
3 collate data from a variety of sources and demonstrate an ability to evaluate different methods of data collection Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
4 demonstrate correct ethical approaches to animal survey and handling Ethical practice
5 demonstrate the skills required to conduct a wildlife survey and to accurately identify wildlife Intellectual rigour Ethical practice
6 describe the basic principles of conservation biology. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an ability to design a field survey
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate a high level of skill in report writing and in scientific data presentation
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. collate data from a variety of sources and demonstrate an ability to evaluate different methods of data collection
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. demonstrate correct ethical approaches to animal survey and handling
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  5. demonstrate the skills required to conduct a wildlife survey and to accurately identify wildlife
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  6. describe the basic principles of conservation biology.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.