Life Sciences

Conservation Biology I

Module code: C1148
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture, Class
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

After an introduction to the major threats to global biodiversity, the module will explore a series of broad conservation themes. The first half will focus on the species level, exploring some of the particular threats faced, why species become rare and endangered, and what measures can be taken to halt or reverse population declines and how populations of threatened species can be restored. The module then adopts a habitat and ecosystem focus, working up from a consideration of specific habitats and their management to a landscape approach and exploring methods for repairing damaged habitats and ecosystems.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the biological principles behind the conservation of species and habitats, including the main threats to their survival and how to minimise those threats
  • Identify and assess different approaches and methods for the conservation and restoration of populations and habitats
  • Integrate, review and critically assess material from primary and secondary literature sources and present that information in a clear and logical manner
  • Integrate, review and critically assess material from primary and secondary literature sources