BIMWF1-Species and Habitat Conservation

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Graham Holloway


Summary module description:

This module aims to provide students with detailed understanding of a variety of important aspects of conservation at species and habitat level. The broad learning base is intended to raise student confidence and understanding to facilitate engagement with other interactive modules that run in the following term. Several of the speakers also offer projects so the module offers students the opportunity to begin to consider project options.

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. Students will be encouraged to critically consider their own motivations and how these dovetail with drivers in the wider conservation sector.

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

Global context:
Some of the topics covered have been studied extensively in the UK and can be compared and contrasted with similar issues overseas. Other seminars strictly consider overseas problems and the techniques deployed to address them.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Information is delivered using PowerPoint slides. 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.

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 100

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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:

Length of examination:
A 1.5 hour examination requiring the answer to one question from three. This contributes 100% of the overall assessment.

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

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-examination in August/September.

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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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