Undergraduate Course: Conservation Science (ECSC10035)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will introduce the field of conservation science focussing on changes in biodiversity, threats to biodiversity, protected area management, and people-focused conservation. The course will involve introductions to concepts, critical assessment of the literature, and discussion of current issues in conservation.
Week 1: Introduction to conservation science
Week 2: Patterns of biodiversity
Weekend fieldtrip to the Cairngorms: Conservation management in practice
Week 3: Background population ecology for conservation
Week 4: Threats to biodiversity
Week 5: Why do we conserve biodiversity?
Week 6: Conservation Science Mid-term Conference
Week 7: Protected areas
Week 8: People-focused conservation
Week 9: Applied techniques in conservation: GIS
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
||Other requirements|| Successful completion of Ecology and Environmental Science first and second year.
|Additional Costs|| Cost of field trip to Cairngorms (approx £25)
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Give an oral presentation, write an opinion piece and construct a blog on a selected topic in the field of conservation science.
- Understand the concept of biodiversity change and identify threats to global biodiversity.
- Understand how and why we conserve ecosystems and populations.
- Understand people-focused conservation.
- Use ecological and social science methods in relation to collected conservation data and write a POST Note.
|Scientific papers for compulsory and additional reading will be provided to the students in advance of each lecture.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Communication skills, oral presentations, social media, opinion writing, critical thinking, discussion
|Keywords||Conservation,biodiversity,land-use change,protected areas,ecosystem services,people
|Course organiser||Dr Isla Myers-Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 7251
|Course secretary||Mr Matthew Hathaway
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430