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Unit description

Introduces the theory and practice of wildlife conservation. This includes learning the techniques used to collect basic data for wildlife management and conservation. Emphasises developing the skills required to communicate the results of research projects that investigate conservation issues. This unit includes a Masters Tutorial component in which students critically analyse advanced issues in the field.

Unit content

  • Introduction to wildlife conservation
  • Introduction to animal care and ethics
  • Wildlife survey techniques
  • Relevance of the Theory of Island Biogeography to Wildlife Conservation
  • Population ecology and population viability analysis
  • Conservation genetics
  • Endangered species legislation
  • Ecological considerations in conservation biology
  • Animal home ranges
  • Australian wildlife and climate change

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1demonstrate an ability to independently design a field survey
2demonstrate a high level of skill in report writing and in scientific data presentation
3collate data from a variety of sources and demonstrate an ability to evaluate different methods of data collection
4demonstrate correct ethical approaches to animal survey and handling
5demonstrate the skills required to independently conduct a wildlife survey and to accurately identify wildlife
6describe the basic principles of conservation biology
7synthesize and critically evaluate the literature for a specific topic in wildlife conservation

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an ability to independently design a field survey
  2. demonstrate a high level of skill in report writing and in scientific data presentation
  3. collate data from a variety of sources and demonstrate an ability to evaluate different methods of data collection
  4. demonstrate correct ethical approaches to animal survey and handling
  5. demonstrate the skills required to independently conduct a wildlife survey and to accurately identify wildlife
  6. describe the basic principles of conservation biology
  7. synthesize and critically evaluate the literature for a specific topic in wildlife conservation

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (3 weeks)
Field work 8 hours (4 days over 1 week)
Assessment
Report40%
Project proposal15%
Literature review25%
Quiz20%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (10 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (3 weeks)
Field work 8 hours (4 days over 1 week)
Assessment
Report40%
Project proposal15%
Literature review25%
Quiz20%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

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Fee paying courses
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International

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