- Code BIOL6178
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre and the Fenner School of Environment and Society
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Evolution and Ecology, Environmental Science , Biodiversity Conservation
This course will introduce you to advanced concepts and tools for managing threatened species and ecosystems. This course is intended to provide students in biological sciences, who already have been introduced to key concepts, with understanding of advanced concepts and tools and the soft-skills to enable employment by conservation agencies/NGOs/consultants or to take further research in this area. It will focus on the interface between advances in science and practical management of threatened biodiversity with hands-on experience in ACT conservation reserves.
Note: This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Apply new concepts from ecological and evolutionary science to management for recovering threatened species and ecosystems
- Apply and evaluate new technologies to enhance management and monitoring of threatened species and ecosystems
- Identify practical problems through consultation with field managers and academic experts
- Develop skills in project design and data analysis
- Collaborate in group based presentation of project outcomes to stakeholders and academics
- Research and critically analyse relevant literature
- Mid-term examination (40) [LO 1,2]
- 4 x Summaries of papers assigned for workshops (2.5% each) (10) [LO 1,2,4]
- Group presentations of outcomes from research projects (10) [LO 2,3,4,5]
- Written report on research project, including management relevance (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,6]
- Critical literature review on relevant topic (20) [LO 1,2,4,5,6]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 12 x 1 hours lectures per semester. 6 hours of tutorials/workshops throughout the semester.
- 1/2 day Field trip in the 1st half of the semester, plus 36 hrs of field/on campus group-based projects in the 2nd half of the semester.
- Approximately 60 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate ad contribute towards discussions.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre or Fenner School of Environment and Society to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Students will be assigned published papers or reviews as background to core topics and expected to discuss these in the workshops
Basic grounding in principles of genetics and ecology.
In relation to field-based projects, students will be actively mentored by staff from RSB and Fenner or the Tidbinbilla and Mulligans Flat components, respectively. Students will be supervised on-ground by staff from ACT Parks and the Mulligans Flat fauna survey teams as appropriate.
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- 6 units
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