Conservation Biology

Course code EMGT6001
Not available in 2016


"Modern biology has produced a genuinely new way of looking at the the degree that we come to understand other organisms, we will place greater value on them, and on ourselves." (E.O. Wilson, 1984). At its basis, concerns about the conservation of biodiversity, represent concerns about the conservation of genetic diversity, and the natural evolutionary system that shapes this diversity. This is the course matter of Conservation biology which forms the greater part of this course.

The principles of nature conservation and the paradigm of global biodiversity, comprise the core of this course. The past and present impacts of developments upon Australian biota and ecosystems are examined and the implications for the management of nature systems are analysed. The statutory requirements of Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) as applied to flora and fauna will be studied, as will the specific requirements of Fauna Impact Assessment (FIS). The biological processes that provide the theoretical basis for these acts will be studied by reference to case studies and ecological principles.


Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

1. The biodiversity crisis

2. Pimary Threats to biodiversity

3. Loss of habitat

4. Overexploitation

5. Invasive species

6. Cimate change

7. Environmental law. The science behind the principles of intergenerational equity the precautionary principle and ESD

8. Landscape ecology

9. Species and ecosystem approaches

10. Restoration ecology

11. Values, ethics and ecological economics

12. The importance of New Genetic approaches to solving the problems

13. Conservation biology science and policy

14. Research skills. Location of appropriate literature and research reports. Dealing with the grey literature in Conservation Biology

15. Determination of appropriate steps to be taken in dealing with conservation in management situations

16. Valuing Biodiversity. Searching for information and a means of communicating the value of biodiversity in economic and social contexts and in the moral ethical sphere

17. Achieve a high level of effective written and oral communication skills

18. Conduct an independent project that deals with a major issue in conservation biology at the local, regional, national or international scale


  1. Major threats to biodiversity
  • The value of Biodiversity
  • Managing the primary threats to biodiversity.
  • Habitat Loss
  • Invasive species
  • Climate change.
  1. Biodiversity hotspots.
  2. The biology of endangerment
  3. Environmental impact assessment.
  • Conservation genetics and the management of endangered species and populations.
  • The future and Conservation Biology  

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree

Assessment Items

Online Learning Activity: Online Modules

Presentation: Presentations - Individual

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact Hours