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Module

BIO8063 : Invasive Species

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Pete Robertson
  • Lecturer: Dr Mark Shirley, Mr Olaf Booy
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This module will describe the history, scale, impact and management of invasive non-native species.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will describe the history, scale, impact and management of invasive non-native species.

It will provide an overview of the ecological issues associated with invasive non-native species, including the definition of terms,history and pathways of spread, and their ecological impacts.

It will describe the human response to the risks posed, including the hierarchy of prevention, rapid response and control.

It will summarise the legislative framework within which management takes place, including recent and ongoing developments in European regulation.

It will demonstrate the application of key processes to identify and prioritise high risk species and their management, including risk assessment and risk management as applied in the UK

It will explore the costs and practice of control as applied to terrestrial vertebrates in the UK, including control, removal and eradication, drawing on current research and case studies.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials72:0014:00Non-synchronous online. 7 pre-recorded lectures for students to view off-line
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Completion of assessment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading119:0019:00Recommended reading
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities216:0032:00Non-synchronous online. Preparation of structured materials by students
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops23:006:00Two three hour workshops to be run Sync On-line
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk41:004:00Regular on-line sync meetings to introduce and discuss on -line material and talk through issues
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The learning outcomes include the understanding and application of current practice. The module will draw on presentations and workshops by external presenters currently active on this field. The use of lectures and workshops provides the best method to import information and teach students the application of current process.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M100Risk assessment exercise (2000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The in-course risk assessment exercise is used to assess what the students have learned from lectures, seminars and independent study, including knowledge, independent learning and understanding of material relevant to the module and the gathering of information from a variety of sources. The module will draw on presentations and workshops by external presenters currently active on this field who will present the application of current process. The in-course risk assessment exercise will test the understanding and application of theoretical concepts; critical evaluation of arguments and evidence; the ability to communicate effectively in writing; understanding and articulation of critical issues in invasive species ecology; understanding and interpretation of primary research data in a wider theoretical context and its practical application together with the ability for critical thought and an original approach.

Reading Lists

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