ACE8042 : Biodiversity Conservation: Policy and Practice
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Mrs Helen Adamson
- Other Staff: Dr Simon Peacock, 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 the organisations that administer these.
Outline Of Syllabus
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
4. Lectures from external speakers from local conservation organisations.
5. Practical conservation work in the local area.
5. Student talks and debates on national and international conservation issues.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||3||7:00||21:00||Preparation for PowerPoint Presentation|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||2:00||24:00||Lectures and seminars from staff and external speakers|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||2||8:00||16:00||Preparation for Reflective Log from Conservation Work|
|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
|Oral Presentation||30||2||M||50||One powerpoint presentation to class on a policy topic.|
|Reflective log||2||M||50||Reflection on practical conservation work and organisations (1000 words)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The powerpoint presentation will require students to explore data sources, collate and critique information relating to policy. It will draw on information from the lectures.
The reflective log will allow students to critique the tasks and organisations they have worked for in relation to their own aspirations and the strengths and weakness of the organisation.