BIMWF1-Species and Habitat Conservation

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
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Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Graham Holloway

Email: g.j.holloway@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
This module aims to provide students with detailed understanding of a variety of important aspects of conservation at species and habitat level.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
• describe and discuss critically the state of current development and application in selected areas, citing key references where necessary
• research and present structured critical reviews of many elements of wildlife management with reference to the development and/or implementation of management measures for the conservation of endangered species and habitats.

Additional outcomes:
The module will also provide the students with an opportunity to develop their written and oral presentational skills during discussion sessions.

Outline content:
The material is mostly delivered by external speakers. A variety of topics are covered problems for conservation associated with disease, conservation and shooting interests, insect conservation, conservation in developing countries, problems surrounding predator control on nature reserves, wildlife conservation at the landscape level.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Information is delivered using a variety of techniques and facilities. Lectures are not delivered in a formal manner and involve a continuous opportunity for discussion. In view of this, long sessions are booked to always ensure that topics can be discussed in sufficient detail. A number of sessions include 'brain-storming' elements and debates.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 35
Guided independent study 65
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Written assignment including essay 40

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework: Students independently write a structured review of one aspect of the topic.

Relative percentage of coursework: 40%

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
A 1.5 hour examination requiring the answer to one question from three. This contributes 60% of the overall assessment.

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of at least 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-examination in August/September.

Last updated: 30 May 2014

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