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BB30156: Conservation biology

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 70%, SM 30%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Seminar (SM 30%)
  • Examination (EX 70%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
BB30156 Re-assessment Examination (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you are advised to take BB20040 AND take BB20041
Description: Aims:
To develop an understanding of the practice and theoretical basis of conservation biology, and to explore its drivers, contexts and potential outcomes at local, national and global levels.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* define the term biodiversity and explain how it is quantified at different spatial, temporal and organismal scales;
* describe the range of threats to biodiversity and how they operate at different nested scales;
* provide an overview of the general aims of conservation and how it is implemented through a framework of local action, NGO strategies and national/ international legislation;
* provide examples to illustrate how theoretical and practical research within the field of conservation biology underpins the planning, implementation and outcomes of conservation action.

Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Oral communication T/F/A, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Working independently T/F.

This course comprises of a series of lectures, group discussions; and the students will have a chance to carry out simple research-based projects. The topics will include: Measuring biodiversity and threats; Concepts of conservation and sustainable development; Design and Management of Protected Areas; Evolution, genetics and Conservation; Skills for biodiversity management and conservation biologists; Science to underpin conservation action.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB30156 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry


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