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BZ5740 - Wildlife Ecology and Management

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Available to students admitted to the Graduate Diploma of Research Methods, Master of Applied Science, Graduate Diploma of Science, Graduate Certificate of Science, Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice, Master of Development Practice, Master of Science or Master of Science (Professional).

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 a cattle station draws on the principles learnt. 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

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (50%)
  • Invigilated > Tutorial attendance and participation - (15%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Essays - (20%)
  • Field trip report - (15%).
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 (BS5460 or equivalent).
BZ3740 ZL3205 ZL5205


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Coordinator: Dr Conrad Hoskin
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Will Edwards, Dr Conrad Hoskin.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours 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.