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BZ5930 - Conservation in a Changing World: Issues and Solutions

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

We are living in the Anthropocene, a time where the entire world has changed due to the impacts of humans on the global environment. Sustainable management of the environment and the conservation of biodiversity depends on dealing with the combined impacts of climate change, habitat loss and modification, pollution, illegal hunting, and invasive species. This subject will focus on applied conservation issues, threats, and solutions in a changing world. How can we adapt land management, conservation approaches, and policy to protect biodiversity and ecosystem processes in a rapidly changing world? The subject will cover issues and solutions on species management, landscape resilience, habitat restoration, invasive species, and the links between conservation biology, environmental policy, and management. It will emphasise that conservation management needs to be more dynamic compared to the traditional static conservation approach, and move from being a reactive approach to one that is proactive and both temporally and spatially dynamic.

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

Learning Outcomes

  • discuss the key issues facing conservation in a changing global environment;
  • demonstrate an advanced understanding of the issues and solutions relevant to species management, landscape resilience, restoration and invasive species;
  • synthesise, evaluate and compare scientific literature on global change biology and formulate potential solutions to these issues.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (20%) - Group & Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (30%) - Individual.
Assumed
Knowledge:
An undergraduate science degree in biology/ecology

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 25-Aug-2022
Coord/Lect: Professor Stephen Williams.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 24 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 8 hours practicals
  • 8 hours workshops
  • 24 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 25-Aug-2022
Coord/Lect: Professor Stephen Williams.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 24 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 8 hours practicals
  • 8 hours workshops
  • 24 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.