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BZ3740 - Wildlife Ecology and Management

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject presents the theory and practice of the management of terrestrial vertebrates, with a strong emphasis on wildlife management in Australia. What impacts terrestrial biodiversity?, how does ecology factor in?, and how should we manage areas? Topics covered include: sustainable harvesting, fire, grazing, invasive species, managing protected areas, living with wildlife, and disease. Detailed case studies of Australian examples are used, particularly from tropical north Queensland. A 4-day fieldtrip to Wambiana cattle station draws on the principles learnt. There are additional charges for this subject; please contact the College for details.

There are additional charges for this subject; please contact the School for details.

Learning Outcomes

  • familiarity with current problems, practices and controversies in wildlife management in Australia;
  • familiarity with practical problems and methodologies in wildlife management;
  • familiarity with ecological theory as the scientific basis of wildlife management;
  • familiarity with factors determining diversity and abundance of terrestrial vertebrates.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination (College administered) - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Field report - (40%) - Individual.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of principles of population and community ecology (BS2460 or equivalent).
Prerequisites: BS2460 OR MB2060 OR 3CP of level 2 BZ
BZ5740 ZL3205 ZL5205


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Coord/Lect: Dr Conrad Hoskin.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 12 hours workshops
  • 20 hours pre-recorded content/lectures
  • 32 hours fieldwork
  • 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.