APPLICATIONS IN CONSERVATION

WCB3AC

2015

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This is an advanced study of wildlife and conservation biology in practice, relating in particular to biodiversity assessment, species and ecosystem management and conservation law. Biodiversity assessment will consider the determination and mapping of biodiversity, the modelling of distribution and habitat and reserve area selection. Species management will consider aspects of the captive breeding of species, population viability analysis and species re-introduction. Ecosystem management will consider the aims, goals and monitoring of management, the meanings of 'sustainability' and the processes by which it can be achieved in ecosystems. Conservation policy will consider the legal framework of biodiversity and environmental protection, legislation in Australia and overseas, international treaties and the practical application of policy within Australia.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Green

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (BIO2POS and either (WCB2IC or CBE2IC)) or WEM2QRM

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects CBE3AC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions students are expected to attend at least one of the two field trips offered during the semester

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPractical conservation biology, Melb.,PrescribedLindenmayer, D., Burgman, M.CSIRO. 2005
ReadingsConservation biology in Australia. An introduction, Melb.,RecommendedNew, T.R.OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. 2006

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically review a published conservation management plan (Action Statement) for a particular Listed Species or Threatening Process using a set of criteria and present the review at a 'miniconference'.

Activities:
In lectures, students will be instructed in the conservation planning theory, management issues, concepts of sustainability and appropriate Australian environmental law. SMART objectives and their relationship to preparing a management plan are explained in a workshop. Criteria for reviewing Action Statements are also explained. Students work in self assigned groups and present findings as a group powerpoint presentation, however, assessment is of the style and content of the powerpoints and the level of critical thinking displayed, rather than speaking or teamwork.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)

02. Prepare a plan of management, including a budget justification, for an assigned conservation scenario using SMART objectives.

Activities:
In lectures, students will be instructed in the conservation planning theory, management issues, concepts of sustainability and appropriate Australian environmental law. SMART objectives and their relationship to preparing a management plan are explained in a workshop. Instruction on budgeting will be given in a workshop. The management plan will be submitted in two stages, before and after inclusion of a budget.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Explain; systematic conservation planning and its theoretical underpinnings; issues in the management of species, communities, ecosystems; the concept of sustainability; the basics of state and federal environmental law in Australia.

Activities:
In lectures, students will be instructed in conservation planning theory, management issues, concepts of sustainability and appropriate Australian environmental law. Invited speakers from the conservation industry deliver workshops. The ability to explain conservation concepts/issues will be assessed in written end-of-semester examinations and the group presentation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Green

Class requirements

Field Trip Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 days field trip per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Attend at least one of two field trips during semester (one 1 day and/or one 2 nights/2 days). Some tutorial classes will be replaced by field work and/or workshops"

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

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 4.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Critical review of Action Statement10 01
Management Plan (pre & post budget inclusion)30 02, 03
One 1.5-hour and one 3-hour end-of-semester examinations60 03

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Green

Class requirements

Field Trip Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 days field trip per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Attend at least one of two field trips during semester (one 1 day and/or one 2 nights/2 days). Some tutorial classes will be replaced by field work and/or workshops"

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

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 4.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Critical review of Action Statement10 01
Management Plan (pre & post budget inclusion)30 02, 03
One 1.5-hour and one 3-hour end-of-semester examinations60 03