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Undergraduate Course: Conservation Science (ECSC10036)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryConservation Science is an honours course combining biological and social science perspectives on the field of conservation. The course is a 20-credit course demanding significant student investment into the coursework of 200 hours: lectures/discussions/workshops (3 hour sessions each week), preparation and readings (at least 3 hours per week), group learning (3 hours per week), assignment preparation (60 hours) and external reading and engagement (20 hours). The course does not have any pre-requisites, but students are expected to have a background in ecology or biological sciences and to be comfortable reading and interpreting the scientific and social science literature and understanding basic applied statistics and mathematics.
Course description Week 1 Introduction to Conservation Science
Week 2 Why do we conserve biodiversity?
Week 3 Patterns of biodiversity
Week 4 Protected areas
Week 5 Background population ecology for conservation
Week 6 Conservation Science Conference
Week 7 Threats to biodiversity
Week 8 People-focused conservation
Week 9 Conservation in practice
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students can take EITHER Conservation Science OR Conservation and Management of Natural Populations (SBS). Please note GeoSciences PT's cannot directly enroll students on to SBS courses.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesSuccessful completion of introductory ecology or biology courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  38
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Poster (15%)
Poster should be submitted as pdf by 12 noon on Monday 24th October, Week 6.

Opinion piece (50%)
Opinion piece should be submitted as pdf by 12 noon on Thursday 3rd November, Week 7.

POSTnote (35%)
POSTnote should be submitted as pdf by 12 noon on Thursday 1st December, Week 11.

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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the concept of biodiversity change and identify threats to global biodiversity.
  2. Understand how and why we conserve ecosystems and populations.
  3. Understand people-focused conservation.
  4. Use ecological and social science methods to communicate science to academic, public and policy audiences.
  5. Give a poster presentation, write an opinion piece and write a POSTnote on selected topics in the field of conservation science.
Reading List
No texts are recommended prior to the course, but details of specific papers to be discussed each week can be found in the course schedule.
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KeywordsConservation,Biodiversity,Land-use change,Protected areas,Ecosystem services
Course organiserDr Aidan Keane
Tel: (01316)50 5094
Course secretaryMiss Francesca Nadal Finnegan
Tel: (0131 6)50 4842
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