Core Module Information
Module title: Conservation Biology

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

Module code: ENV09109
Module leader: Emilio Pagani-Nunez
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

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 biological diversity 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 you to be successful in a career following your degree in Animal and Conservation Biology and Marine and Freshwater Biology in the coming decades. Through a series of lectures, you will learn some fundamentals of conservation biology: why is biodiversity important for humans: the threats to biodiversity: the need for evidence-based conservation practice: adaptive management principles: principals of protected area networks: ecological rewilding/restoration etc.Through a series of tutorials, you will explore these topics in more depth using case-studies that apply to your own areas. Case-studies will explore the evidence-based conservation with special reference to terrestrial systems (ACB) and aquatic systems (MFB). A main focus of the module will be the use of published literature to ensure you have a strong foundation in the role of the evidence base in the success of conservation strategies.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

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 areas for protection.

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 aquatic or terrestrial systems.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
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Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jennifer Dodd
Module Organiser:


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 80 1,2,3 & 4 14/15 HOURS= 35.00
Class Test 20 3 5 HOURS= 01.00
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100
2023/4, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
VIEW FULL DETAILS
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jennifer Dodd
Module Organiser:


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

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
ENV09109 - Conservation Biology