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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

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

1. Introduction to wildlife conservation and animal ethics.

2. Designing wildlife surveys.

3. Threatening factors and habitat fragmentation

4. Population ecology and population viability analysis.

5. Wildlife conservation genetics.

6. Animal movement 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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 describe correct ethical approaches to vertebrate wildlife survey
2 apply the skills to design and conduct a wildlife survey
3 explain key ecological principles related to wildlife conservation
4 analyse and synthesise wildlife field data.

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

  1. describe correct ethical approaches to vertebrate wildlife survey
  2. apply the skills to design and conduct a wildlife survey
  3. explain key ecological principles related to wildlife conservation
  4. analyse and synthesise wildlife field data.

Prescribed texts

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