BIMWI2-Mammal Conservation

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

Module Convenor: Dr Phil Baker


Summary module description:

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of a range of issues associated with the global conservation of mammals.

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 research and practice in the conservation of mammals
•Research and present structured critical reviews of many elements of conservation with reference to the development and implementation of procedures designed to conserve mammals and their habitats.

Additional outcomes:
The module will also provide the students with an opportunity to (i) develop their written and oral presentational skills during discussion sessions and (ii) critically evaluate the presentations made by their peers.

Outline content:
In the first half of the module, a series of lectures will be used to introduce students to (i) the diversity, taxonomy and conservation status of the Class Mammalia and (ii) to give an overview of key factors impacting the group in accordance with the classification system used by the IUCN. In addition, there will be a brief presentation on some of the common pitfalls made by students in giving oral presentations and how these can be avoided.

In the second half of the module, individual students or small groups of students will be given a specific topic to address: previous topics have included invasive species, climate change, wildlife diseases, ecotourism and whaling. Each week, individual students will be expected to present a seminar lasting approximately 30 minutes on their allocated topic. Up to four students will present their work each week.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The initial lectures will consist primarily of formal presentations using e.g. Powerpoint.

For seminars, each student will be given a topic by the module convenor outlining the general material they will be expected to cover during the course of their presentation; alternatively, students may elect to present a topic of their own choice. Each student will then be expected to give a presentation lasting approximately 30 minutes. The students can choose whichever medium they feel appropriate to deliver the material, but more often than not this consists of a Powerpoint presentation. Each student will also be expected to produce a handout summarising the content of their seminar as a revision tool for the rest of the class; this will need to be distributed on the day of the seminar.

To ensure that each student / student group has exactly the same amount of preparation time, topics will be allocated sequentially throughout the module.

The module convenor and each member of the audience will score each presentation and the handout according to e.g. clarity and content: these scores will form the mark for the continuous assessment. In addition, at the end of their presentation, students will receive immediate confidential feedback from the audience.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 20
Guided independent study 60
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Oral assessment and presentation 40

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework: Students working individually will research and make an oral presentation of one aspect of mammal conservation. Summary notes will be prepared to distribute among the audience.

Relative percentage of coursework: 40%

Formative assessment methods:
During the module students will be required to critically evaluate and score the seminar presentations given by their peers.

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 60% of the overall assessment. Students will NOT be allowed to answer a question on the topic that they presented.

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

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-examination in August/September

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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