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Module code:BIOLG008(Add to my personalised list)
Title:Species Conservation and Biodiversity
Credit value:15
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser:Dr J Ewen/ Dr H Chatterjee
Organiser's location:Biological Sciences
Available for students in Year(s):4,
Module prerequisites: No prerequesites, but BIOL1005 and BIOL2012 are recommended  
Module outline: Humans are causing enormous changes in the natural environment, threatening the existence of many species and habitats. Conservation biology is the science behind efforts to stem this loss of natural diversity, seeking to answer questions from the very general (such as what determines current patterns of threat across all species) to the very specific (such as the reasons for decline in a particular species). This is an extremely broad subject, drawing on a wide range of traditionally separate disciplines in attempting to provide solutions to the full range of conservation problems. Given this breadth, the course does not attempt to provide comprehensive coverage of the subject, but will instead concentrate on a number of key biological issues that form an important part of current conservation research. Led by researchers from the Institute of Zoology (the research arm of the Zoological Society of London) teaching will rely heavily on tutorial discussions based around real life case studies, supported by lectures and private study. The learning process will therefore require a high degree of commitment to work outside the classroom, and a willingness to contribute to groups discussions. Weekly summaries of the results of private study, in the form of briefing notes on case studies, will form the assessed coursework.  
Module aims:To describe the scientific basis of conservation, showing how biological evidence underpins conservation decisions  
Module objectives:The student will gain from direct interaction with active conservation scientists from a leading conservation research institution (Institute of Zoology; Zoological Society of London). Four topics are chosen from the activities of the Institute of Zoology which cover detailed themes under the banner "Species Conservation and Biodiversity." The teaching framework encourages independent questioning and learning using a problem-based framework. Students will also gain skills in independent literature research, public speaking through oral presentations, scientific writing skills with an emphasis for presenting scientific information to a wider audience under strict word limitations (for example policy makers via Parliamentary briefing notes). Learning how to present a scientifically robust summary within strict space or time constraints is a key skill required by science graduates and one we foster throughout this course.  
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Module assessment:Project presentation (5-7 minutes) 10.00%.
Project report (3,000 words) 40.00%.
Invigilated e-assessment 50.00%. 
Notes:To register for this module for the 2012/13 academic year please ensure you meet the prerequisites listed above (where applicable) and, if you do, select it using Portico and await Teaching and Parent Department approval. 
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