|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
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).
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.
Utility and overexploitation of biological resources
Alien species introductions and disease.
Extinction risk and population biology
Human wellbeing and social impacts of biodiversity
Population viability analysis.
Red list assessment
Edge Effects .
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
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||17||1:00||17:00||Includes 2hr fieldtrip briefing|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||3||0:30||1:30||In course tests|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||3||1:00||3:00||Revision for in course tests|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:30||1:30||Final exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||15||0:30||7:30||Revision for final exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||15||1:00||15:00||Directed reading|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||3||3:00||9:00||Fieldtrip activities|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||3:00||3:00||Field trip follow up|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||27:30||27:30||Study of lectures, ReCap, Blackboard etc.|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||15||1:00||15:00||Lecture follow up|
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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||2||M||30||1 x on-line MCQ tests themed on lecture content to date and links to field trips|
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.
Disclaimer: The University will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver modules in accordance with the descriptions set out in this catalogue. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, however, the University reserves the right to introduce changes to the information given including the addition, withdrawal or restructuring of modules if it considers such action to be necessary.