Postgraduate Course: Managing and Leading Conservation Projects (VESC11079)
|School||Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is designed to strengthen the project management and leadership skills of conservation and natural resource professionals who are currently, or will be, managing staff and projects often under challenging conditions. It is also relevant to researchers charged with developing and managing diverse research teams. The course will draw on the theory and practice of management and leadership and applies it to the context of wildlife conservation projects.
During the course participants will learn directly from conservation professionals through lectures, discussion forums, individual self-assessment and reflection work and group activities. By the end we intend for participants to be confident in applying a range of leadership styles to their projects or within their organisations, be equipped with tools to help them manage staff morale and plan projects and critically review project success through monitoring and evaluation systems to inform their conservation practice
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% in-course assessment
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate more effective leadership skills to improve staff performance and project outputs and outcomes
- Explain how motivational theory can help us to understand how to achieve high performance within individuals and teams
- Identify what interventions to adopt in order to help develop the performance of field teams
- Understand how to respond the different personality types in the most constructive manner
- Describe how to use specific management tools to plan projects, manage risk and monitor and evaluate project outputs and outcomes
|A course reading list will be developed using Talis. Some key papers are:|
Black, S., Groombridge, J. J., and C. G. Jones (2011). Leadership and conservation effectiveness: finding a better way to lead. Conservation Letters, 4, 329-339.
Black, S. and Groombridge, J. J. (2010). Use of a Business Excellence Model to Improve Conservation Programs. Conservation Biology, 24, 1448-1458.
Black, S., Meredith, H. M. R. and Groombridge, J. J. (2011). Biodiversity Conservation: applying new criteria to assess excellence. Total Quality Management 22, 1¿14.
Clark, T.W., Reading, R.P., Clarke, A.L. (1994) Endangered Species Recovery Finding the Lessons, Improving the Process. Island Press, USA.
Deitz J.M., R. Aviram, S. Bickford et al. (2004) Defining leadership in conservation. Conservation Biology, 18(1), 274-278
Gill R. (2006) Theory and Practice of Leadership Sage Publications Los Angeles
Holling C.S. and G.K. Meffe (1996), Command and Control and the Pathology of Natural Resource Management, Conservation Biology, vol 10, 2: p328-337
Manolis et al (2008) Leadership: a New Frontier in Conservation Science Cons Biol. 23 (4) 879- 886
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- Knowledge of leadership and management styles most relevant to different situations
- Understanding of how teams function from formation through to performance
- Problem solving abilities
- A good professional attitude and a high standard of professional behaviour
|Course organiser||Dr Glen Cousquer
Tel: (0131 6)51 7374
|Course secretary||Ms Carina McIntosh
Tel: (0131 6)51 7475