Conservation and Sustainability
Available in 2012
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010
This course will introduce students to biology and ecology from the perspective of the conservation and sustainable use of the natural environment. Although it will form the basis for subsequent study in these disciplines, it is equally relevant to all students by providing an informative insight into important issues for today's environmentally conscious world. Our study of biology includes genetics, evolution and the diversity of life, whilst the ecology components will consider terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems with an emphasis on conservation and sustainability.
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 and ecology.
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.
1. Biology; Taxonomy; The diversity of life
2. Patterns of life; Inheritance; Genetics
3. Life in the past; Evolution and natural selection; Sexual selection
4. Biodiversity: Measures and threats; Ex situ conservation
5. Trading in wildlife
6. Ecology; Organisms and environments
7. Patterns of abundance and dispersal; Biogeography
8. Ecotourism; Economic management
9. Habitat loss, fragmentation and restoration; Protected areas
10. Global climate change; Biodiversity impacts
Modes of Delivery
Problem Based Learning
Lecture: for 5 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Practical: for 4 hour(s) per Term for 1 weeks