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Last modified: 26 Feb 2018 15:58

Course Overview

Interactive course that allows you to explore in depth one topic that dominates current discourses in conservation. 

You will write an essay, and give a science presentation to develop critical writing and presentation skills for a scientific audience.

You will also give a creative presentation to develop skills in getting your message across to a general audience

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Lise Ruffino
  • Dr Vasilis Louca

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • BI3506 Conservation in Practice (Passed)
  • Either Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5
  • One of BSc Biology (Studied) or BSc Conservation Biology (Studied) or BSc Zoology (Studied) or BSc Animal Ecology (Studied) or BSc Marine Biology (Studied) or BSc Animal Behaviour (Studied) or BSc Behavioural Biology (Studied) or MSci Biological Sciences (Studied) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences (Studied) or BSc Ecology (Studied) or BSc Forestry (Studied) or BSc Forest Sciences (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Students will be introduced to topics which are currently important within Conservation Biology (such as how do we alleviate poverty and conserve biodiversity? How do we mainstream conservation?). Each topic will be introduced; then students will choose topics, work in teams to research the topic. Each student will produce a written account and contribute to presentations aimed at a scientific and public audience.

This course is not a lecture-based course, students are required to do their own research on their topic and to manage their own time.

Associated Costs


Further Information & Notes

This course runs in weeks 31-35, and is scheduled in Thread 1, so may have contact hours in any or all of these times:  Mondays, 9-13; Thursday, all day; Friday, 9-13. 

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Conservation Biology

Contact Teaching Time

20 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%). Continuous assessment comprises a 1000 word report (30%), an oral presentation as part of group work (30%), a creative presentation for general public (30%) and engagement (10%).

Resit: Resubmission of individual failed elements of the continuous assessment.

Formative Assessment

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


Each student will receive individual feedback and a mark for each task. Feedback will be provided as written comments on the essays and presentations.

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