Postgraduate Course: Wildlife Crime and Forensic Investigation (BIME11017)
|School||School of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course looks at the three main categories of wildlife crime: the illegal trade in endangered species, crimes relating to native species which are endangered or subject to conservation regulations, and cruelty and persecution of wildlife. Environmental crimes (e.g. pollution) will also be discussed insofar as these affect biodiversity and ecosystems. The scientific techniques used in the forensic investigation of these crimes to collate evidence with a view to prosecution will be covered in detail.
Relevant legislation will be introduced, with an emphasis on international regulations such as CITES. UK legislation and case law will also be covered.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Online Activities 25,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Formal summative written assessment will constitute 60% of the student's grade. Online assessment will incorporate a variety of activities will constitute 40% of their overall course grade and is taken to represent a formative assessment of learning throughout the programme.
|No Exam Information
| At the end of this course, students should be able to:
&· Define with reference to the appropriate legislation the common wildlife and environmental crimes and illegal activity.
&· Apply various scientific techniques to the forensic investigation of wildlife crime.
&· Understand how wildlife crime is prosecuted in various jurisdictions, appreciate the difficulties of cross-border prosecutions and know the relevant case-law.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Sharron Ogle
|Course secretary||Miss Lauren Sandford
Tel: (0131 6)51 5470
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