ISSUES IN CONSERVATION

WCB2IC

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship is about learning to live in an interconnected world, including the social, environmental, political and economic challenges this brings.

Subject outline

This subject covers the major issues in conservation biology. Topics covered may change yearly, dependent on current issues in conservation biology but will generally include biodiversity and its assessment, extinction, the interaction between biology and management,  threatening processes, conservation on and off reserves, and the global context of conservation. Critical to the subject is a 5 day compulsory field camp at Wilsons Promontory National Park generally run the week prior to semester 1 commencing, where you will be exposed to the the interaction between conservation and management and learn to "read landscapes" and observe natural history and introduced to ecological research techniques. During this camp you will conduct research addressing important conservation questions which you  will analyse, present  and write up during the semester. This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential which entails a deep appreciation of how we live in an interconnected world, being able to recognize the global context of concepts, act across cultures and boundaries, and work with diverse communities - now and in the future.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNick Murphy

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites BIO1MGC and BIO1EEB and BIO1APM

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students must attend the 5 day field trip prior to semester commencing. This subject has a cap of 40 students, first preference is given to SBSWCB degree students, as this subject is core for the Wildlife and Conservation Biology degree, remaining positions are allocated based on 1st year grade averages.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPractical conservation biologyRecommendedD. Lindenmayer & M. Burgman (2005)CSIRO
ReadingsAn Introduction to Conservation BiologyRecommendedPrimack and Sher (2016)OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe, record and reflect on field observations and conservation issues at local and global scales.

Activities:
On the field camp, students will be introduced to the concepts of reading landscapes and natural history observation, and instructed on the need for accurate recording of field observations. Students will need to record what they have observed and reflect on the broader context of their observations, from management implications, to additional questions and demonstrate a global context for their observations
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02. Analyse and interpret the results of a group investigation and communicate the findings to peers and supervisor

Activities:
Students participate in workshops working in a group and preparing and giving oral presentations. prior to completing the group oral presentation assessment task.
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03. Apply scientific method to biological questions through practical investigation and written report.

Activities:
Students will use information gained from their field trip and group oral presentation (both instructor and peer guided learning) and workshops on data analysis and scientific paper writing to undertake a practical investigation followed by written report and group presentation.
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Literacies and Communication Skills
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Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
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04. Define and explain biodiversity, threats to biodiversity, issues in the conservation and management of biodiversity.

Activities:
Presentations on the field camp and the in-semester lectures.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
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Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
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Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size40

Enrolment information Quota due to limited resources. First preference to SBSWCB degree students, then merit based quota based on academic performance.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNick Murphy

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Field Trip Week: 10 - 22
One 5.0 days field trip per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Field course (5 days) in week before Semester One"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Field diary/notebook (Equivalent to 500 words)20 01, 04
Project report - (2000 words)30 03, 04
Group oral presentation (Equivalent to 375 words)10 02, 04
Theory exam (1.5 hours)40 04