• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Philip Gibbons
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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Conserving biodiversity in the face of pressures such as habitat loss, invasive species 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, invasive species and climate change.

• Management actions that 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: (a) the involvement of working professionals; (b) a series of field-based workshops; and (c) 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

Upon successful completion, 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 in different settings.
  4. Develop appropriate policy options for conserving biodiversity in different settings.
  5. Communicate informed critique or analysis of biodiversity conservation policy and practice across a range of mediums.

Other Information

1.   There are field trip fees of approximately $180 for those who want to attend the optional 3-day field trip (payment to ANU Science Shop). 

a)   Field-based teaching and learning activity forms an integral and important part of many courses delivered by the Fenner School of Environment & Society. For this course, this includes a 3 day field trip. Fieldwork activities are designed to allow you put the skills you’ve learned in the classroom into practice in new environments and provide powerful enrichment to student learning. On this basis, students are strongly encouraged, wherever possible, to participate in scheduled field trips. 

2.   While there is no formal Honours Pathway Options available under this course, prospective Honours students are encouraged to discuss future Honours options with the Course Convenor.

3.   If you do not meet the requisites for this course, it may be possible to receive a permission code. If you are prompted for a permission code on ISIS, please request one online via the following form

Indicative Assessment

  1. Workshop exercises (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Consultancy report (25) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  3. Work experience and reflective blog (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Exam (30) [LO 2,3,4,5]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 1 hour lecture plus 1 x 4 hour workshop per week
  • Approximately 70 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks.
  • One optional 3 day field trip. Please see Other Information for additional advice.

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 72 units towards a degree. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENVS6024.

Prescribed Texts

No text book is required, but an excellent preliminary resource is the IPBES report for Asia and the Pacific.

Preliminary Reading

Weekly interactive exercises are provided on the Wattle site.

Assumed Knowledge

Students from other disciplines with an interest in sustainability but have no background in ecology or natural resource management are encouraged to enrol. Previous completion of ENVS2001 Biodiversity Science: Wildlife, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology is useful for those specialising in this field.

Minors

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:
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
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8795 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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