Skip to Content


Last modified: 24 Jun 2020 14:31

Course Overview

This course develops your knowledge and skills in analysing field data on changes in the distribution, abundance and survival of animal populations.

Practical work applying quantitative tools used in modern wildlife management will give you analytical and critical analysis skills valued by employers.

Guest speakers present case studies illustrating the application of these tools to current conservation and wildlife management problems.

You debate controversial issues that are informed by scientific evidence.

Each practical contributes a clue to solving an ecological problem and you will assemble these clues to formulate a management plan aimed at a conservation/wildlife management issue.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor x lambin

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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 Bachelor Of Science In Animal Behaviour And Welfare (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)
  • One of ZO3303 Animal Population Ecology (Passed) or ZO3305 Animal Population Ecology (Passed) or ZO3307 Animal Population Ecology (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • ZO4527 Wildlife Conservation and Management: Concepts and Practice (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course deals with the concepts and practice of wildlife population conservation and management, including methods to estimate population size, survival rates of animal populations and how to use this information to assess the viability of populations with matrix projection models. The course will consider how to manage wildlife populations in partnership with human communities that view them as a resource (such as red deer), as potential competitors (such as grey seals), as pest species (American mink) or as species in need of conservation (such as water voles, capercaillie).

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Computer Practicals during University week25
  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 26 - 29
  • 2 Seminars during University week25
  • 3 Seminars during University weeks 26 - 29

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

(i) Management plan (50%)

(ii) Advocacy presentations (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):

Resit of any failed element

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome

Compatibility Mode

We have detected that you are have compatibility mode enabled or are using an old version of Internet Explorer. You either need to switch off compatibility mode for this site or upgrade your browser.