Module title: Current topics in Ecology

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

Module code: ENV10108
Module leader: Patrick White
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science

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

Description of module content:

In this module you will learn about up-to-date, contemporary issues in applied ecology. This module is designed to give a good grounding in theory, method and application as you approach employment or further study in animal and conservation biology disciplines. Applied ecology uses the study of the abundance, distribution and dynamics of organisms to address management and conservation issues. Students that can demonstrate a broad knowledge of applied ecology by reference to contemporary issues and case studies will be better placed to deal with such issues during their careers.

The contemporary nature of this module means the precise content will change as the discipline progresses, but indicative issues include: conservation of Scotland’s rarest goose species; practicalities of using eDNA sampling to survey protected species such as great-crested newt; considering method and bias of using camera-trapping to survey protected semi-aquatic mammals; using nest monitoring to examine the impacts of invasive or generalist predators on populations of endangered songbirds.

Broadly, the module will offer two opportunities for learning:
(1) To discuss contemporary issues with a range of invited speakers from organisations that are working on the front-line of applied ecology and conservation.
(2) To investigate in greater depth active applied ecology research carried out by scientists at Edinburgh Napier University, following a process from problem identification, study design, analysis (including GIS and statistics), interpretation of data and finally forming management/conservation recommendations

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically appraise the success/failure of current evidence-based conservation activities.
LO2: Demonstrate the ability to communicate a complex conservation science issue to the general public.
LO3: Defend the need for, and means of, obtaining high quality data in wildlife management and perform appropriate analyses on wildlife data.
LO4: Demonstrate ability to present data and analytical results clearly and concisely.
LO5: Competently derive management and further research recommendations based on the results from data analysis.

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