ACE8042 : Biodiversity Conservation: Policy and Practice

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for Portfolio from Conservation Work
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion27:3015:00Preparation for PowerPoint Presentation (x2)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0012:00Revision for Semester 1 written examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00Lectures and seminars from staff and external speakers
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical38:0024:00Organised field trips allow the opportunity to undertake conversation work for the student portfolio
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study115:0015:00Lecture 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901M50Unseen 2 out of 5 general questions relating to the entire course.
Oral Presentation301M30Two powerpoint presentations to class on an assigned topic. each 15% 12 mins + 3mins questions.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M20Portfolio 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.

Reading Lists