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BI2509: CONSERVATION BIOLOGY (2017-2018)

Last modified: 30 May 2017 16:31


Course Overview

Lectures, workshops and practical classes provide opportunities for consideration of key conservation issues, allowing you to discuss and develop ideas.

You will visit a local nature reserve and consider some of the key management issues facing these types of site.

The main written assessment provides an opportunity to study a UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species of your choice in depth.

You will receive detailed feedback on the essay and practical write-ups which will help you consolidate your skills in scientific writing and writing for a more general audience.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study Yes
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Clare Trinder

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • BI2505 Conservation Biology (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course aims to provide a basic understanding of the principles of conservation biology, using a wide range of case studies from local Scottish habitats and species to those in more diverse systems. It provides an overview of the nature and value of, and threats to, biodiversity and details the problems faced by small populations of plants and animals. Whilst focusing upon scientific aspects of conservation biology, this inter-disciplinary course covers the legislative, ethical, economic and management frameworks in which practical conservation action is taken.

Associated Costs

Course practicals require the use of a lab coat which can be purchased locally for £15

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Conservation Biology
  • BSc Environmental Science
  • BSc Forestry
  • Bachelor Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management

Contact Teaching Time

48 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (50%) based on material covered in lectures and practicals and in-course assessment of practical reports and written work (50%).
Resit: A resit exam in the same format as the main exam. If the exam only is failed but the overall grade is a fail, the continuous assessment grade will be carried over; if the exam is passed but continuous assessment failed and the overall grade is a fail, the student can resubmit failed course work and the exam grade will be carried over.

Formative Assessment

 

Formative in-course tests will help students assess how well they are learning the course material. Student participation in these tests will be monitored and contribute to retention of the class certificate. There are also exercises in interactive classes which provide opportunities for feedback.

Feedback

Students will receive regular written feedback on each practical report before the start of the next practical class. Students who are identified as having difficulty in correctly completing the on-line tests will be invited to meet members of the course team to identify difficulties and discuss solutions.

Formative in-course tests will help students assess how well they are learning the course material. Student participation in these tests will be monitored and contribute to retention of the class certificate. There are also exercises in interactive classes which provide opportunities for feedback.

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