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Postgraduate Course: Managing and Leading Conservation Projects (VESC11079)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 09/08/2021
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% in-course assessment
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate more effective leadership skills to improve staff performance and project outputs and outcomes
  2. Explain how motivational theory can help us to understand how to achieve high performance within individuals and teams
  3. Identify what interventions to adopt in order to help develop the performance of field teams
  4. Understand how to respond the different personality types in the most constructive manner
  5. Describe how to use specific management tools to plan projects, manage risk and monitor and evaluate project outputs and outcomes
Reading List
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
Additional Information
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 organiserDr Glen Cousquer
Tel: (0131 6)51 7374
Course secretaryMs Carina McIntosh
Tel: (0131 6)51 7475
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