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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 provide 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

Course Details

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

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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.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (50%) and in-course assessment of practical reports and written work (50%).

Resit: A resit exam in the same format as the main exam. This may contain material from both the practical and lecture components of the course.

Formative Assessment

A formative in-course test 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.


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.

Course Learning Outcomes


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