AP3A95-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: Cannot be selected if already taken at Part 2 as AP2A52. Takes place in Summer vacation after Part 2 exams, registration Spring Term, Part 2. Please check with the module convenor for availability before selecting on RISIS
Modules excluded: AP2A52 Practical Wildlife Reserve Management
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Caroline Rymer

Email: c.rymer@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Please Note: This trip will next run in September 2017 and is taken at the end of Part 2, but is credited as a component of Part 3. Before enrolling on this module you must check with the module convenor regarding availability. 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.

Cannot be slected if already taken at Part 2 as AP2A52. 

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 revalent to global conservation projects •

  • Critically evaluate the impact of wildlife conservation on the livelihoods of people living near wildlife reserves

  • Critically assess the means by which particular wildlife species are conserved and monitored and the impact of such practices on biodiversity

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 module is designed to provide the students with various experiences related to conservation of wild animals in the wild. The course will be run in outh Africa in conjunction with the African Insight educational programme.

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 talks and seminars as well as out 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 paper (approximately 3000 words) critically reviewing the various means by which a reserve might establish and monitor a diverse range of wildlife, and the impact the measures taken might have on the habitat and the livelihoods of the people living near the reserve, will be prepared [40% 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:

    Resubmission of coursework

    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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