ACE8042 : Biodiversity Conservation: Policy and Practice
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Dr Simon Peacock
- Other Staff: Mrs Helen Adamson, Dr Janet Simkin
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
This module seeks to develop a knowledge of the major national and international biodiversity organisations and policy instruments and to develop an understanding of how these operate. It also aims to develop understanding of how biodiversity policy is implemented at ground level through experience of site management. This module reviews the policy and legislative basis for biodiversity conservation in the UK and overseas and the organisations that administer these.
Outline Of Syllabus
The course starts with a discussion of very broad international conservation issues before going into the details of local conservation issues and actions. Representatives from biodiversity organisations are involved in seminars and fieldwork, where practical conservation tasks are undertaken. Students present their own analyses of conservation policy topics in powerpoint presentations to the class.
1. Why conserve biodiversity?
2. International biodiversity agreements and ecosystem services based approaches to conservation.
3. National (UK) biodiversity policy, with case studies (Agri-Environment Schemes and National Parks).
4. Lectures from external speakers from local conservation organisations.
5. Practical conservation work in the local area.
5. Student talks on national and international conservation issues.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Preparation for Portfolio from Conservation Work|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||2||7:30||15:00||Preparation for PowerPoint Presentation (x2)|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||12||1:00||12:00||Revision for Semester 1 written examination|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||2:00||24:00||Lectures and seminars from staff and external speakers|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||3||8:00||24:00||Organised field trips allow the opportunity to undertake conversation work for the student portfolio|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||15:00||15:00||Lecture follow up reading (not external speaker material)|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures introduce broad international conservation issues then provide details of local conservation issues and actions. Field management tasks and trips demonstrate and practise the techniques used in management of wildlife problems.
Students are required to undertake a minimum of three pieces of conservation work for the portfolio. These are timetabled and organised for students but students may opt to find their own voluntary projects in place of these if relevant.
In seminars students present their own analysis of conversation policy topics ahead of class discussion.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||90||1||M||50||Unseen 2 out of 5 general questions relating to the entire course.|
|Oral Presentation||30||1||M||30||Two powerpoint presentations to class on an assigned topic. each 15% 12 mins + 3mins questions.|
|Portfolio||1||M||20||Portfolio describing three pieces of conservation work (1000 words)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The exam will require students to produce clear and concise essays on topics which require integration and critical evaluation of information from the lectures, student presentations and further reading. The written exam draws upon the course in general and tests students understanding of the general concepts and overarching policies taught at the begining of the course and the more detailed material persented by gues lecturers and in the student presentations.
The powerpoint presentations will require students to explore data sources, collate and present a synopsis of what they have learnt and communicate this knowledge to other students.
The portfolio will demonstrate the range and rationale for the habitat and species mangagement undertaken as a practical task.