ISSUES IN CONSERVATION

WCB2IC

2021

Credit points: 15

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 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.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRyan Phillips

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesBIO1EEB AND BIO1MGC AND BIO1APM

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyMerit based quota management

Quota-conditions or rulesPriority is given to SBSWCB students for whom this subject is core, then remaining positions are allocated based on average marks in BIO1MGC & BIO1EEB & BIO1APM.

Special conditionsStudents must attend the 5 day field trip prior to semester commencing.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

An Introduction to Conservation Biology

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorPrimack and Sher

Year2016

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

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Practical conservation biology

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorD. Lindenmayer & M. Burgman

Year2005

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCSIRO

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Describe, record and reflect on field observations and conservation issues at local and global scales.
02. Analyse and interpret the results of a group investigation and communicate the findings to peers and supervisor
03. Apply scientific method to biological questions through practical investigation and written report.
04. Define and explain biodiversity, threats to biodiversity, issues in the conservation and management of biodiversity.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size40

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRyan Phillips

Class requirements

Field TripWeek: 10 - 22
One 5.00 d 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

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Field diary/notebook (500-words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO4
Project report - (2,000-words)N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO3, SILO4
Group oral presentation (375-words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2, SILO4
Theory exam - 1.5 hours (1,500-words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO4