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BZ3215 - Conservation Biology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

The application of principles from population ecology, community ecology and genetics to the conservation of threatened populations and communities. Topics include: causes of extinction; stochastic population modelling; genetics in conservation; concepts in biodiversity; systematic conservation planning; 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.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area.
Assumed
Knowledge:
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good background in level 2 biology and a good understanding of principles of population and community ecology, and of quantitative methods in biology and should have completed BZ2440 and BS2001 or equivalents.
Prerequisites: BZ1001 AND (BZ2440 OR MB2060) AND ((BT1001 OR BZ1003 OR AG1003 OR BZ2610) OR (ZL1001 OR BZ1004 OR AG1004))
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
BZ5215 ZL3204 ZL5204

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Professor Susan Laurance, Professor Lin Schwarzkopf
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Professor Bob Pressey, Professor Susan Laurance, Professor Lin Schwarzkopf.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 8 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); essays (25%); assignments (15%).

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Professor Susan Laurance, Professor Lin Schwarzkopf
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Peter Valentine, <Person not found>, Professor Bob Pressey, Professor Susan Laurance, Professor Lin Schwarzkopf.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 8 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); essays (25%); assignments (15%).

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