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BI3806: CONSERVATION IN PRACTICE (2022-2023)

Last modified: 27 Oct 2022 11:30


Course Overview

The aim of this course is to examine how conservation theory is used in practice to conserve species, ecosystems and habitats, and to inform policy-makers. This is an interactive course that encourages debate and discussion. The course tries to bridge the gap between the theory you will have learnt in second year Conservation Biology and the applied conservation issues of today.  You will be able to meet a range of academics, policy advisers and practitioners from various organisations through a field visit and guest speakers, and we hope this will enhance your awareness and enjoyment of the subject. 

The trip, lectures and discussions will hopefully give you new insights into the professional environmental sector which may influence your career decisions. You will produce a conservation evidence report and a research proposal, which will provide you with the opportunity to develop transferable skills in synthesising information, critical evaluation and research project design.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor M Pinard

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of Biology (BI) or Ecology (EK) or Environmental Sciences (EV) or Forestry (FY) or Plant Science (PL) or Zoology (ZO)
  • 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?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

 This course will include: 

  • exploration of the rationale and approaches to conservation; 
  • exploration of the use of evidence in conservation decision-making; 
  • a focus on conservation paradigms and frameworks, including rewilding and ecosystem services;
  • discussion of the impacts of colonialism on conservation
  • an insight into relevant social science techniques; 
  • introduction to techniques for exploring illegal resource use; 
  • an insight into how conflicts between stakeholders can affect conservation outcomes;
  • a field trip to explore the challenges of managing a nationally important reserve; 
  • insight into careers in conservation. 


 By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • critically evaluate methods and debate the merits of different approaches used in nature conservation; 
  • critically reflect on values, goals and roles; 
  • synthesise evidence and critically evaluate the effectiveness of conservation actions;
  • design conservation research, management and monitoring projects; 
    critically reflect on current debates in conservation. 

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Field Courses during University week33
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 32 - 35
  • 3 Lectures during University week39
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 32, 34 - 35

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Grant proposal

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Individualised written feedback on final submission; informal verbal feedback in preparation tutorials

Learning Outcomes
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Conservation evidence report

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Conservation evidence report, 2000-2500 words

Individualised written feedback

Learning Outcomes
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Participation in discussions and tutorials

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
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Feedback

Verbal feedback in tutorial setting, individualised written feedback

Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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