BIO2002 : Biodiversity and Conservation 1

  • Module Leader(s): Dr Aileen Mill
  • Owning School: Biology
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module deals with the diversification of life from its origins to the present day, and the natural and anthropogenic influences that have produced patterns of biodiversity observed in space and through time, including the future. Against this background it also introduces conservation biology, focusing on the presentation and interpretation of evidence about human impacts on species and ecosystems, and the exploration of potential solutions to problems based on both science and practice.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures cover the following topics:

Measuring biodiversity and assessing patterns in space and time
Earth history, biogeography, islands
Climate change effects; past, present and future
Utility and overexploitation of biological resources
Alien species introductions and disease
Extinction risk and population biology
Saving species from extinction: in situ and ex situ conservation
Saving ecosystems: protected area selection, design and management

Conservation education and captive breeding
Collections, archives, research and education
Field visit to local conservation area

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:307:30Revision for final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture171:0017:00Includes 2hr practical briefing
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Final exam
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading151:0015:00Directed reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical32:006:00Practical activities
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study151:0015:00Lecture follow up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study138:0038:00Study of lectures, ReCap, Blackboard etc.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide a conceptual understanding of and evidence for patterns in diversity, and the need for and design of conservation action at different scales; the practical briefing will prepare students for the fieldwork classes; the fieldwork classes expand on some biodiversity and conservation issues.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A70N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M303 x on-line practical tests
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Missing word and MCQ questions test (35%) for factual knowledge and understanding of terminology; short answer questions (35%) test for understanding of concepts and relevant knowledge of example material; in-course tests prompt reflection on the practical exercises.

Reading Lists


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