AP2A52-Practical Wildlife Reserve Management

Module Provider: Agriculture
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: This module runs on alternate years; please check availability with the module convenor before selecting on RISIS. Registration in Spring Term of Part 1 for September 2017 trip.
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Caroline Rymer

Email: c.rymer@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Please Note: THIS MODULE WILL RUN IN THE SUMMER VACATION AT THE END OF YOUR PART 1 YEAR ONLY. Restricted places. Preference will be given to Animal Science students The cost of this trip will be approximately £2,500 per student and a £500 deposit is required upon registration.  This module will next run in 2017-18. Before enrolling on this module you must check with the module convenor regarding availability.

The module has two main aims: (1) To promote an understanding and raise awareness of the many issues and conflicts relating to the behaviour, health, welfare and conservation of wild animals in their natural habitats during a field trip to South Africa and (2) To broaden students’ understanding and knowledge of conservation issues relating to these species.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to: • Discuss a range of issues relevant to global conservation projects • Evaluate the impact of wildlife conservation on the livelihoods of people living near wildlife reserves • Describe how habitats are managed for both biodiversity and conservation of individual species.

Additional outcomes:

The trip combines natural history, conservation, animal behaviour and health and welfare. The trip will bring students into contact with a range of wildlife species from elephant and giraffe, to hippopotami and birds.

Outline content:

The Lecture and Practical Contents cover: • Identification of a range of environmental, economic and social factors that influence wildlife conservation in South Africa.• Identification of natural behaviours seen in a range of wild animals • Identification and description of the cause and effect of a range of wildlife / conservation management interventions that are used by park managers -  Impact of wildlife conservation on people’s livelihoods

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be a total of 12 days spent in South Africa where time will be spent in seminars and out in on safari drives, bush walks and tours.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 4
Fieldwork 50
Guided independent study 46
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Other information on summative assessment:

A report on the means by which habitats are managed to encourage biodiversity and the conservation of individual species, and the impact such conservation has on the livelihoods of those who live near reserves. (approx 2000 words). [70% of marks]

A symposium will be held in the Autumn Term in which teams of students will give presentations on issues associated with wildlife conservation [30% of marks]

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By examination in August/September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    1) Required text books: 2) Specialist equipment or materials: Good binoculars (approx. £100) will add considerably to the value of the field trip 3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: Students require appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear including sturdy shoes/walking boots, waterproof coat, etc. 4) Printing and binding: 5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: Included in the cost of the field trip (approx. £2500):

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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