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BI3506: CONSERVATION IN PRACTICE (2017-2018)

Last modified: 03 May 2017 15:03


Course Overview

Interactive course that explores key underlying principles in conservation and the challenges of applying those in the real world. 

Field excursion to important protected area to learn about the practical issues of protecting biodiversity.

Guest lecturers from key organisations in Scottish conservation and other relevant disciplines to give you insight into career choices and alternative perspectives. 

You will produce a poster and a project proposal and get feedback for improving your presentation and writing skills.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Lise Ruffino

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

  • One of BSc Biology (Studied) or BSc Conservation Biology (Studied) or BSc Biology-Environmental Humanities (Studied) or BSc Plant Biology (Studied) or BSc Zoology (Studied) or BSc Animal Ecology (Studied) or BSc Marine Biology (Studied) or BSc Parasitology (Studied) or BSc Animal Behaviour (Studied) or BSc Behavioural Biology (Studied) or MSci Biological Sciences (Studied) or BSc Biological Sciences (Honours) (Studied) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences (Studied) or BSc Biology - Education (Primary) (Studied) or Bachelor Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management (Studied) or BSc Ecology (Studied) or BSc Wildlife Management (Studied) or BSc Forestry (Studied) or BSc Forest Sciences (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Physical Sci) (Studied) or BSc Biology - Education (Secondary) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course explores a range of current conservation issues in marine, terrestrial and freshwater systems. Our focus is on the development of conservation practice in Scotland, but the course highlights the role that international legislation and agreements have in shaping national conservation priorities. Case studies, site visits and group presentations are key components of the course and there is an emphasis on interation and group work.

Associated Costs

None.

Further Information & Notes

This course runs in weeks 25-29, and is scheduled in Thread 2, so may have contact hours in any or all of these times:  Mondays, 14-18; Tuesday, all day; Friday, 14-18.  If this is an optional course, there may also be contact hours on Wednesdays, 9-11.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Conservation Biology

Contact Teaching Time

52 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%), and in-course assessment (50%), consisting of a research proposal and engagement.

Formative Assessment

A strong emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback during seminar and workshop sessions.

Feedback

Each student will receive individual feedback and a mark for each task. Feedback will be provided as written comments. Groups will also be given generic feedback.

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