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BZ3215 - Conservation Biology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

In this subject we learn to apply principles from population ecology, community ecology and genetics to the conservation of threatened populations and communities. Topics include: definitions and reasons for conservation biology, causes of extinction; genetics in conservation; threats to biodiversity; systematic conservation planning; a range of case studies.

Learning Outcomes

  • development of critical faculties in the use of theory-based techniques and guidelines for management;
  • familiarity with current theories and controversies in conservation biology;
  • understanding of the interface between theory and practice in conservation.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (23%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination (College administered) - (20%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Critical Analysis - (27%) - Individual.
Assumed
Knowledge:
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of first and second year biology and ecology.
Prerequisites: (BS1001 OR BZ1001 OR BZ1005) AND (BS2460 OR BZ2440 OR BZ2880 OR MB2060) AND (BS1007 OR BZ1007 OR BZ1006 OR ZL1001 OR BZ1004 OR AG1004 OR BT1001 OR BZ1003 OR AG1003)
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
BZ5215 ZL3204 ZL5204

Availabilities

Study Period 1, External
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Professor Lin Schwarzkopf
Lecturers: Professor Will Edwards, <Person not found>, Mr Rishab Pillai, Mr Tom Bruce, Professor Lin Schwarzkopf.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours online Workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

Study Period 2, External
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Professor Lin Schwarzkopf
Lecturers: Professor Graeme Cumming, Professor Lin Schwarzkopf.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours online Workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.