- Code BIOL3178
- 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 cannot be entirely adjusted for remote particpation in Sem 1 2021 and will include on-campus activities.
The media and scientific literature is full of information about the increasingly desperate plight of our native plants and animals. What you hear less about is the extraordinary efforts underway to reverse declines in biodiversity and how new scientific knowledge and tools are being applied to this end. That is the subject of this course, with a focus on recovering populations of threatened species and rebuilding functional ecological communities.
This course will introduce you to advanced concepts and tools for managing threatened species and ecosystems. Building on key concepts introduced in 2nd year courses, this course will provide you with an understanding of advanced concepts and tools, and the 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.
Honours Pathway Option (HPO) is available for this course. Please talk to the course convener.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Apply contemporary 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
- Mid-term examination (40) [LO 1,2]
- 4 x Summaries of papers assigned for workshops (2.5% each) (10) [LO 1,2]
- Group presentations of outcomes from research projects (10) [LO 2,3,4,5]
- Written report on research project, including management relevance (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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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 and contribute towards discussions.
Not yet determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
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.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4055||22 Feb 2021||01 Mar 2021||31 Mar 2021||28 May 2021||In Person||N/A|