20 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: A-Level Biology or Equivalent Scientific Qualification


APS271 Conservation Principles and/or APS278 Tropical Forest Ecology and Conservation

Aims/Description: This module aims to provide the opportunity for students to develop (i) their knowledge of topical issues in conservation, (ii) their ability to identify potential solutions to real-world conservation problems and assess the likely effectiveness of these (iii) their skills in accessing, interpreting and synthesising the primary scientific literature in the field of conservation and (iv) their ability to think independently. This will be achieved by introducing students, through lectures and independent reading, to a range of topical issues in conservation biology, by showing how research can inform the development of action plans and by illustrating how the success of applied measures to mitigate conservation problems can be assessed. Students will then apply their learning by developing action plans for specific conservation problems.

Staff Contact: Dr David Edwards
Teaching Methods: Teaching will initially be in the form of lectures and research seminars that will discuss conservation issues of current concern. Lecture topics may include inter alia marine and terrestrial resource exploitation, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, urbanisation, protected areas and habitat restoration. Students will then work in groups, with academic guidance, to identify and debate the issues surrounding a real world conservation problem. Real world problems may include for example, a named overexploited marine fishery or agricultural intensification in a specified area. Formative feedback will be given on the issues identified. Students will then work independently to produce an action plan addressing the issues debated.21 Lectures, 3 Seminars and 5 problem-based learning lectures and workshops
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK