|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
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.
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
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||17||1:00||17:00||Includes 2hr practical briefing|
|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||2:00||6:00||Practical activities|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||38:00||38:00||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||3 x on-line practical tests|
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.
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