Conservation Biology

Course code EMGT6001Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

"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 ecostystems 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 to count with EMGT3030.

Not available in 2015

The primary objective is to impart an understanding of biological theory as it applies to conservation. In general the course aims to cover the field of Conservation Biology. On successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

Understand and demonstrate the role of:
1. The biodiversity crisis
2. Pimary Threats to biodiversity
3. Lss of habitat
4. Overexploitation
5. Ivasive 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

Demonstrate means to measure global biodiversity.
Impart an understanding of threats to biodiversity.

To impart an understanding of:
- values, ethics and ecological economics
- the importance of New Genetic approaches to solving the problems
- Conservation biology science and policy

The objectives of the skills component is to impart knowledge such that students can demonstrate:
1. Research skills. Location of appropriate literature and research reports. Dealing with the grey literature in Conservation Biology.
2. Determination of appropriate steps to be taken in dealing with conservation in management situations.
3. 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.
4. Achieve a high level of effective written and oral communication skills.
7. Conduct an independent project that deals with a major issue in conservation biology at the local, regional, national or international scale.
Content1. Major threats to biodiversity
The value of Biodiversity
Managing the primary threats to biodiversity.
Habitat Loss
Invasive species
Climate change.

2. Biodiversity hotspots.
3. The biology of endangerment
4. Environmental impact assessment.
* Conservation genetics and the management of endangered species and populations.
* The future and Conservation Biology
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCompletion of an appropriate undergraduate degree
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Teaching MethodsIntegrated Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
Other: (please specify)Completion of online modules relating to lecture material and directed readings.
Presentations - IndividualPresentation of major directed research project.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Student Projects: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks