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Module code:BIOL0032 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Species Conservation and Biodiversity
Credit value:15
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):Prof Richard Pearson
Organiser's location:Biological Sciences
Available for students in Year(s):3, 4
Module prerequisites:No prerequisites, but BIOL0011/BIOL0003 and BIOL00014 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, drawing on a broad range of disciplines including ecology, evolution, and biogeography. This module uses a combination of lectures, discussions, and computer practical exercises to address key questions including: What is biodiversity? How much of the planet’s biodiversity remains undiscovered? What are the main threats to biodiversity? What are the main tools (e.g., computer models, monitoring techniques) used to study conservation issues? Why conserve biodiversity? In addressing these questions, students will learn about topics such as extinction risk, habitat fragmentation, climate change impacts, invasive species, reserve design, and environmental ethics. Students will develop an individual project through a series of computer labs, which will provide hands-on experience with Geographic Information Systems, ecological modelling, and remote sensing. Class discussions will tackle tricky debates such as over the relative merits of utilitarian versus intrinsic arguments for the value of biodiversity.  
Module aims:To describe the science that underlies conservation, to discuss the relevance of conservation to society and human wellbeing, and to provide hands-on training in research methods.  
Module objectives:Students will learn the fundamentals of conservation biology, will gain experience in practical computational methods, and will have the opportunity to debate key issues in conservation. Students will have the opportunity to interact with active conservation scientists, such as from the Institute of Zoology.  
Key skills provided by module:Skills developed include independent literature review, critical thinking, scientific writing, oral presentation, and predictive modelling.  
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:

UG FHEQ Level 6

  • Standard assessment pattern:
    • Invigilated e-assessment 50.00%
    • Project presentation (5-7 minutes) 10.00%
    • Project report (3,500 words) 40.00%

UG FHEQ Level 7

  • Standard assessment pattern:
    • Project presentation (5-7 minutes) 10.00%
    • Invigilated e-assessment (two hours) 50.00%
    • Project report (3,500 words) 40.00%
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