BIO2002 : Biodiversity and Conservation 1

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


To introduce biodiversity science and conservation biology as evidence-based scientific disciplines; to complement other Stage 2 content on environmental change and pollution (ACE2032); to provide the background for further study of biodiversity and conservation at Stage 3 (BIO3012).

Outline Of Syllabus

This modules 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.
Lectures cover the following topics:

Measuring biodiversity and assessing patterns in space and time.
Biogeography, islands
Utility and overexploitation of biological resources
Alien species introductions and disease.
Extinction risk and population biology
Human wellbeing and social impacts of biodiversity
Valuing diversity
Population viability analysis.
Fragmented habitats.
Species Richness
Ecological theory
Red list assessment
Small populations
Edge Effects .

Saving species from extinction: in situ and ex situ conservation.
Saving ecosystems: protected area selection, design and management
Field visits:

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 fieldtrip briefing
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion30:301:30In course tests
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion31:003:00Revision for in course tests
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Final exam
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading151:0015:00Directed reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00Fieldtrip activities
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study151:0015:00Lecture follow up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study13:003:00Field trip follow up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study127:3027:30Study 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 report2M301 x on-line MCQ tests themed on lecture content to date and links to field trips
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The in- course MCQ test prompt reflection on the practical exercises and links to the theoretical material presented in lectures. The written exam will assess understanding of concepts and relevant knowledge of example material; including understanding of terminology and synthesis through data interpretation.

Reading Lists


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