• Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Environmental Science , Resource and Environmental Management
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Philip Gibbons
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ENVS3039
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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Conserving biodiversity in the face of pressures such as land clearing, pest plants and animals and climate change is a challenge facing land managers and policy-makers globally. In this course we explore options for conserving biodiversity. We draw on land managers from different organisations to contribute to the course and prepare students for future employment in this field.

Specifically we investigate:
• Key threats to biodiversity, including habitat modification and loss, unsustainable resource use, introduced species and climate change.
• Management actions that are used to mitigate threats to biodiversity, including selecting nature reserves, connectivity and wildlife corridors, ecosystem restoration and control of pest plants and animals.
• Policies to conserve biodiversity including financial incentives, market-based instruments (e.g. biodiversity offsetting), ecological triage and adaptive management.

There is an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. That is, relating relevant concepts and techniques to real-world situations through: (1) the involvement of working professionals; (2) a series of field-based workshops; and (3) an optional field trip to Booderee National Park on the south coast of New South Wales, where we survey fauna as part of a long-term monitoring program and hear from traditional land managers.

 

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Articulate why society strives to conserve biodiversity.
  2. Identify key threats to biodiversity.
  3. Evaluate which management options are likely to be effective for conserving biodiversity across a wide range of different settings.
  4. Develop appropriate policy options for conserving biodiversity in different settings.
  5. Develop innovative strategies for conserving biodiversity.
  6. Communicate informed critique or analysis of biodiversity conservation policy and practice across a range of mediums.

Indicative Assessment

  • Practical exercises (30%) [LO 1-6]
  • Research report based on field data or literature review (30%) [LO 2-6]
  • Reflective blog (10%) [LO 1-6]
  • Facilitated tutorial (10%) [LO 2-6]
  • Exam (20%) [LO 1-4]

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Workload

60 contact hours comprising, lectures, workshops and tutorials. There is an optional 3-day field trip.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENVS3039

Prescribed Texts

There is no specific text for the course. Reading will be provided.

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8889 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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