Core Module Information
Module title: Principles of Wildlife Management

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 10.00
ECTS credit value: 5

Module code: ENV11116
Module leader: Patrick White
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES


Description of module content:

Disciplines covered initially include wildlife population dynamics and wildlife meta-populations. Practical techniques covered in detail then include mammal and bird capture techniques, and sampling design in wildlife population monitoring. We then discuss the foundation of more complex analytical techniques such as information theoretic modelling and maximum likelihood estimation in wildlife studies, and use of generalised linear modelling in wildlife studies.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Illustrate mechanisms by which wildlife populations change.
LO2: Critically assess the concept of wildlife meta-populations.
LO3: Justify how and why species are monitored and/or captured for wildlife population management.
LO4: Critically evaluate the application of information theory, maximum likelihood estimation and generalised linear modelling in studying wildlife populations.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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: Patrick White
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module is taught in weekly lecture sessions (LOs 1, 2, 3 & 4) and tutorials (LO4). Some sessions will lend themselves to demonstration and class discussion. A module Moodle site will include recorded lecture content and links to additional reading material to support independent study by both campus and distance students. Achievement of each Learning Outcome will be assessed by the written assessment.

Formative Assessment:
The assessment is in the form of an annotated bibliography on one of several topics related to module content (section 15c). Early in the module, students are asked to complete a short bibliography exercise, on 2-3 key papers on a set topic, summarising them in a similar manner to the later summative assessment. When students have had a chance to complete their own brief annotated bibliography one or several model answers will be posted on Moodle as feedback. Students will then be given an opportunity to discuss this with the teaching team during a set class time.

Summative Assessment:
Students are required to write an annotated bibliography for a topic related to the content taught in the module. A range of topics are given on the module’s Moodle site. Students are required to find a selection of articles that provide an overview of that topic including, but not exclusive to, its methodology and theory, overarching concepts and specific case-studies, early developments and current practice, consensus or disagreement in theory or methodology. Students must compile a bibliography of 10 articles that, if read, would give a good overview of that topic. For each article in the bibliography, they should explain and describe the main contribution of that article to understanding the topic. Students must also compare, contrast and discuss links between the articles and demonstrate critical assessment of articles’ findings.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 16
Face To Face Tutorial 2
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 76
Total Study Hours100
Expected Total Study Hours for Module100

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1-4 5 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
ENV11116 Principles of Wildlife Management