Postgraduate Course: Ex-Situ Wildlife Management (BIME11030)
|School||Deanery 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 will look at the management of wildlife species outside of their natural habitat, typically within zoological collections. It will describe the many reasons or ex-situ management and the basic strategy for establishing and maintaining healthy and sustainable populations.
With the continued decline in biodiversity and the number of threatened species increasing, there is the need to employ a range of conservation strategies. Where habitat degradation, fragmentation and loss pose a significant threat to species survival, one option is to move individuals from the population in its natural habitat to a secure location for management and breeding i.e. for ex situ management for the purpose of conservation.
Weekly lecture materials will encourage the student to consider what ex situ conservation is, to consider the various technical limitations and ethical implications, and to assess how it might contribute to wider conservation goals. There is particular emphasis on the goal of reintroduction and an opportunity to assess how realistic an expectation this is for current ex situ breeding activities.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, 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.
||Summative assessment consists of a written element, worth 60% of the total mark, and an online element worth 40%. In both cases, comprehensive written feedback is provided individually with 15 working days of the assessment deadline. Students are expected to reflect on their feedback, to seek additional clarification if appropriate, and to use this to improve on future assignments of a similar nature.
Formative assessment consists of discussion around what is expected of each piece of assessed work for the course. This is conducted in an open discussion forum for all students to contribute to and provides an opportunity to clearly understand the key requirements for each assignment before submission. Any student can post questions about the assignment and a response will be posted on the discussion board by the course tutor within 3 working days.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the arguments for creating and maintaining populations of wild species outside of their natural habitat, and appreciate the ethical considerations surrounding the establishment of ex-situ populations.
- Understand the basic principles of establishing new ex-situ populations.
- Understand the underlying genetic considerations for long-term population viability.
- Describe the major limiting factors on successful ex-situ population management.
- Give examples of where ex-situ population management has had a positive impact on conservation of the species, for example where it has resulted in successful reintroduction of animals to their native range.
|There are a number of organisations/groups which we will refer to often during this course, including:|
1 International Union for Conservation of Nature - Species Survival Commission (SSC)
2 International Union for Conservation of Nature - Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG) of SSC
3 International Union for Conservation of Nature - Reintroduction Specialist Group (RSG) of SSC
There are also many journals we will draw on during the course, for example:
5 Zoo Biology
6 International Zoo Yearbook (Zoological Society of London)
7 Zooquaria (Quarterly journal of EAZA)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The study materials provided in this course will enhance the student┐s abilities to search for, read and understand the relevant scientific literature, to use this to support specific arguments and to present the findings in a coherent and appropriate way. They will also develop skills in ICT through the use of an online learning platform, online search engines and word-processing and presentation packages. Online discussion with tutors and peers will develop confidence in communicating with others and the skills to engage in high level academic discourse. The independent study aspect of the course will enhance the student┐s abilities in time-management and self-motivation.
|Course organiser||Mr Robert Thomas
Tel: (0131 6)50 3508
|Course secretary||Mr Lyndon Zahra
Tel: (0131) 651 5232