Module title: Humans and Wildlife

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ENV11101
Module leader: Jay MacKinnon
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science


2017/8, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jay MacKinnon
Module Organiser:
Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Weekly interactive lectures/workshops introduce and engage with topics in human-wildlife interaction (LOs 1, 2, 3 & 4). Several academic staff and external speakers with varied research interests contribute to the module. Lectures, exercises and discussion questions are posted on Moodle as discussion papers, recorded lectures or instructions for independent study. Online discussion of issues raised in class is strongly encouraged. A visit to the Natural History Museum (for campus-based students) supports practical learning about wildlife interpretation and facilitates preparation for the guided tour assignment (LOs 2 & 3).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 36
Face To Face Fieldwork 1
Face To Face External visits 5
Independent Learning Guided independent study 158
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 60 1,2,3 & 4 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Oral Assessment 40 1,2,3 & 4 13 HOURS= 0.20, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Topics include ecotourism, wildlife guiding and environmental education. Aspects of urban ecology, community engagement and social research in conservation, relate directly to the challenges of land management in an urban setting which forms one of the assessments. Agricultural ecology and examples of human-wildlife conflict around the world are also studied in relation to wildlife law and economics. The Yellowstone National Park reintroduction of wolves acts as a case study in protected area management.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Engage in critical dialogue on a variety of issues related to human-wildlife interaction.
LO2: Appraise and apply instruments and techniques to alter human activity in favour of wildlife conservation.
LO3: Apply principles of effective conservation outreach.
LO4: Design a proposal for land management and argue the benefits of your proposal effectively.

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