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BZ5215 - Conservation Biology

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

Available to students enrolled for the Graduate Diploma of Postgraduate Diploma of Research Methods, Master of Applied Science, Graduate Diploma of Science, Graduate Certificate of Science, Masters of Development Practice, Graduate Certificate of Development Practice, Graduate Diploma of Development Practice, Masters of Science or Bachelor of Science (Advanced).

This subject covers 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. Students will attend lectures, tutorials and practical classes in BZ3215 and will also undertake a project or a major literature review.

Learning Outcomes

  • development of critical faculties in the use of theory-based techniques and guidelines for management;
  • familiarity with current theory 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 an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or have acquired equivalent knowledge through other study. They should have a good background in biology and a good understanding of principles of population and community ecology, and of quantitative methods in biology (BS5001 or equivalent).
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
BZ3215

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
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 8 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (%); tutorial attendance and participation (%); project report; (%).

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
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 8 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (%); tutorial attendance and participation (%); project report; (%).

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.