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Course Overview

Lectures and practical classes consider important and controversial conservation issues, encouraging you to discuss and develop your ideas and thinking.  A visit to a local nature reserve introduces the management issues and opportunities facing small urban sites.  An essay provides you with the opportunity to study a Biodiversity Action Plan species of your choice and to analyse critically the work undertaken to conserve it.  Extended problem-solving exercises will develop your skills in diagnosing causes of species decline.  Detailed feedback on written work 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 Aberdeen Sustained Study Yes
  • Dr Clare Trinder

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • BI2505 Conservation Biology (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course aims to provide a basic understanding of the principles of conservation biology, using a wide range of case studies ranging from local Scottish habitats and species to those in more diverse tropical systems. It provides an overview of threats and issues facing biodiversity and the range of approaches to enhance populations and the habitats they live in. We focus on scientific aspects of conservation biology but also cover the key legislation, ethical, economic and management frameworks in which practical conservation action is taken.

This course encourages you to question accepted wisdom and your own views on particular issues and to be open to new approaches and ways of thinking about the natural world. Problems based around diagnosing the reasons for declines in species will enhance your capacity for conceptual and creative thinking, ability to identify problems and to apply suitable solutions. Assessments that require writing for a more general audience improve your ability to communicate effectively in different contexts.

Associated Costs

Course practicals require the use of a lab coat which can be purchased locally. GBP 15.00

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Practical during University weeks 25, 27, 29, 31
  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 25 - 34
  • 1 during University weeks 25 - 34
  • 2 s during University week38
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26, 28, 30, 32, 34

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Practical write ups/tests 5 x 5%
Tutorials (engagement) 5 x 2% 
Essay 15%
Open book exam 50%

Resit (for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21):

Resit of any failed element

Resit (for students who tookl the Academic Year 2019/20 and C8 students):

Open book exam in resit period

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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