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BZ5740 - Wildlife Ecology and Management

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

Available to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Research Methods, Master of Applied Science, Graduate Diploma of Science, Graduate Certificate of Science, Bachelor of Science (Advanced), Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice, Master of Science and Master of Development Practice.

This subject introduces the theory and practice of the management of terrestrial vertebrates, with a strong emphasis on wildlife management in Australia. The subject begins by reviewing the ecological processes and physiological adaptations that shape the habitat utilisation, abundance and distribution of wildlife species. It then discusses the sustainable exploitation of vertebrate species and the control of vertebrate pests. Detailed case studies of Australian examples are provided throughout. Topics include: the population ecology, nutritional ecology and physiological ecology of terrestrial vertebrates; theory and practice of harvesting as applied to wildlife populations; biological invasions; prospects for control of vertebrate pests; integrated pest management. Students will be required to attend BZ3740 lectures and practicals.

Learning Outcomes

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

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to encompass and use methods and conceptual advances in areas of knowledge cognate to their central area(s) of expertise.
Students enrolling in this subject should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or have acquired equivalent knowledge through other study. They should have a good understanding of principles of population and community ecology (BZ5440 or equivalent), and of quantitative methods in biology (BZ5001 or equivalent).
BZ3740 ZL3205 ZL5205


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 3 hours practicals
  • 24 hours fieldwork
Assessment: essays (25%); assignments (25%); centrally-administered final exam (50%).

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.