Core Module Information
Module title: Wildlife Care and Conflict

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: VET08110
Module leader: Jane Stirling
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES

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

Description of module content:

This module introduces the taxonomy, classification and natural history of wild mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians in the British Isles. The legislation pertaining to wildlife is covered, including: Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006; Animal Welfare Act (2006); Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981), Dangerous Wild Animals Act (1976), Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act (2002), Protection of Badgers Act (1992), and General Licences.
The rescue and handling of wild animals is discussed in relation to health and safety and ethical considerations. Common presentations of wildlife casualties are identified such as orphans, road traffic accidents, diseases, and oil spills.First aid and husbandry including feeding and accommodation is applied to the welfare needs of neonatal, juvenile and adult wild mammal and bird species. The problems, methods and monitoring of rehabilitation and release are reflected upon. The relationship between humans and wildlife species is examined – both positive e.g. the reintroduction of species, and negative in the case of “pest” species. Topical issues such as the reintroduction of beavers and the badger cull in England will be used to illustrate human-wildlife relationships

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Apply a knowledge of wild animal species to practical situations
LO2: Utilise a problem solving approach to the care of wildlife casualties
LO3: Critically reflect on the principles of wildlife rehabilitation
LO4: Examine the relationships between humans and wildlife to identify and reflect on where there are benefits for or conflicts between both groups.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, ONLINE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jane Stirling
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module content is delivered through Moodle VLE. Core material is provided as notes, supported by links to websites and sources of further information (all learning outcomes). A problem solving approach is adopted where students undertake
short tasks throughout the module to investigate particular topics in greater depth (LO 2, 3, 4).
Use of the discussion forum within Moodle allows students to post findings, ask questions, reflect on their own experiences, take part in debates on topical subjects and communicate with their peers and tutor (All Learning Outcomes).
The assessment in the form of a technical note expands the communication repertoire of the student and provides an opportunity for students to select and explore an area of interest in greater depth (All Learning Outcomes).

Formative Assessment:
A template will be provided for students to use for the submission of a brief plan for their Technical Note via Turnitin in Week 9. Individual feedback on the plan will be provided via Turnitin by week 11.
Further formative assessment will also be provided via questions on discussion forums. These will allow students to engage in peer learning and to monitor and review their own progress and understanding.

Summative Assessment:
A report in the form of a Technical Note submitted in week 13 examining an individual species of the student’s choice will be submitted in week 13. This will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of all 4 learning outcomes

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 40
Independent Learning Guided independent study 160
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1,2,3 & 4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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