Module title: Conservation Biology

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ENV09109
Module leader: Jennifer Dodd
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science
Prerequisites

N/A

2019/0, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Patrick White
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The first half of the module will use a series of lectures to introduce a broad array if theory and case-study fundamental to the study of conservation biology (LOs 1-3). In the second half of the module, students will be split according to their programme focus (Animal & Conservation Biology or Marine & Freshwater Biology), and a more in-depth series of lectures and tutorials will introduce them to case-studies and examples of conservation science in either terrestrial or marine systems (LOs 3-4).



Formative Assessment:
Three weeks prior to the exam, students will have to opportunity to undertake formative practice exam questions relating to the module content. Students will then be given ‘model’ answers to these questions and there will be an opportunity to discuss in class the key points that would be required providing both peer-based and staff input to formative feedback.

Summative Assessment:
The module will be assessed via an exam. The exam will consist of medium and long answer questions relating to conservation issues. These will include both interpretive and discursive elements, and students will have the opportunity to select questions relating to their programme of the module (Animal & Conservation Biology or Marine & Freshwater Biology).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 3
Independent Learning Guided independent study 167
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 100 1,2,3 & 4 14/15 HOURS= 3
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100
2019/0, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jennifer Dodd
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The first half of the module will use a series of lectures to introduce a broad array if theory and case-study fundamental to the study of conservation biology (LOs 1-3). In the second half of the module, students will be split according to their programme focus (Animal & Conservation Biology or Marine & Freshwater Biology), and a more in-depth series of lectures and tutorials will introduce them to case-studies and examples of conservation science in either terrestrial or marine systems (LOs 3-4).



Formative Assessment:
Three weeks prior to the exam, students will have to opportunity to undertake formative practice exam questions relating to the module content. Students will then be given ‘model’ answers to these questions and there will be an opportunity to discuss in class the key points that would be required providing both peer-based and staff input to formative feedback.

Summative Assessment:
The module will be assessed via an exam. The exam will consist of medium and long answer questions relating to conservation issues. These will include both interpretive and discursive elements, and students will have the opportunity to select questions relating to their programme of the module (Animal & Conservation Biology or Marine & Freshwater Biology).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 3
Independent Learning Guided independent study 167
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 100 1,2,3 & 4 14/15 HOURS= 3
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Conservation biology has been called a “crisis discipline” to reflect the fact that it is a branch of biology that has developed to address the global loss of biodiversity related to human impacts such as habitat loss/fragmentation, over-exploitation, invasive species and climate change. A firm foundation in this discipline will be essential for graduates in both Animal & Conservation Biology and Marine & Freshwater Biology in the coming decades. In the first half of the module, all students will learn some fundamentals of conservation biology: why biodiversity is important for humans; the threats to biodiversity; the need for evidence-based conservation practice; adaptive management principals; principals of protected area networks; ecological restoration etc.

In the second half of the module, students of Animal & Conservation Biology (ACB) and Marine & Freshwater Biology (MFB) will explore these topics in more depth using case-studies that apply to their own areas: ACB students will study evidence-based conservation with special reference to terrestrial systems and the conservation of birds, considered an important indicator taxa of ecosystem health; similarly, MFB students will do so with special reference to marine systems and the conservation of whales.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Evaluate the importance of biodiversity to ecosystems and describe the main threats facing biodiversity.
LO2: Identify the ecological principles that underlie the both the design and prioritisation of protected area networks.
LO3: Demonstrate the requirement for evidence-based and multidisciplinary solutions to conservation of biodiversity.
LO4: Provide specific examples of evidence-based conservation actions in either marine or terrestrial systems.

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