Conservation and Sustainability 1
Available in 2012
Previously offered in 2013, 2011
This course will introduce students to key principals in biology with a focus on the conservation and sustainable use of the natural environment. Although it will form the basis for subsequent study in these disciplines, students with an interest in environmental issues, but not wishing to pursue studies in science, will also find it an informative insight into the wonders of the natural world. Topics include genetics, evolution, the diversity of life and current issues in biology. The course is particularly valuable to students intending to study Teaching, Marine Science, Sustainable Resource Management or Environmental Science.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
1. An understanding of key concepts in conservation biology.
2. The ability to conduct a search of the literature to identify and evaluate information relevant to an identified issue or problem.
3. The application of critical thinking to address problems in conservation management and sustainability.
4. The ability to synthesise information and key concepts to produce a scientific report or address problems in conservation management and sustainability.
The core topics of the course are:
1. Biology; systematics and taxonomy; the diversity of life
2. Genes & genetics; conservation genetics
3. Evolution: theory and evidence; genetics and natural selection
4. Current issues in conservation biology
Modes of Delivery
Problem Based Learning
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks