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Postgraduate Course: The Modern Zoo (BIME11019)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will present the principle activities of the 'modern zoo', based around their common goals of education, conservation and research in addition to their more traditional role as visitor attractions and entertainment centres. There will be examples of how zoological collections can contribute to conservation efforts, from providing funding to in-situ projects, to education for visitors on conservation themes, to the conservation breeding of threatened species.
Course description The long history of people keeping animals for interest and entertainment points to a deep connection between humans and their wild animal counterparts. The establishment of exotic animal collections and the exchange of animals as gifts between nations also points to the inherent value people have placed on them.

Weekly lectures will present a range of primary literature and zoo-based online resources around the four key activities of what might be considered a Modern Zoo:

1. Animal collections for public exhibition
2. Conservation
3. Research
4. Education and communication

Students will be encouraged to consider the validity of these activities and their own personal opinion on what should be most important in a modern zoological collection.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 15/04/2019
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Online Activities 25, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 53 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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.
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a deep understanding of the principles behind zoological collections in the 21st Century and critically assess their value.
  2. Incorporate knowledge of the historical development and traditions of zoological collections to understand their current priorities.
  3. Apply sound reasoning and academic rigour to the controversial issues associated with zoos, such as captivity, animal welfare in the context of conservation and the artificial protection of species.
  4. Synthesise the concepts and data from a wide range of resources to explore ways in which zoological collections can contribute effectively to conservation, education or research.
Reading List
Rees (2011). An Introduction to Zoo Biology and Management. John Wiley and Sons, UK.

Zoo Biology:
International Zoo Yearbook: Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research:
Additional Information
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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.

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Course organiserDr Sharron Ogle
Course secretaryMs Lisa Kilcullen
Tel: (0131 6)51 4075
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