Postgraduate Course: The Role of Wildlife Genetics in Global Conservation Challenges (VESC11183)
|School||Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course focuses on how conservation genetics and wildlife forensics can impact global issues and conservation policy and how students can take practical steps to integrate conservation science into broader wildlife management.
This course considers how modern conservation initiatives are organised and how conservation genetic and wildlife forensic science is incorporated into this vast global movement, from intergovernmental organisations and conventions, through to local capacity building and project development. Benefitting from inputs from a wide range of international experts, you will take away a range of knowledge and skills to help implement genetic theory and practice within broader conservation efforts.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||"Group Debate (10%)
Policy/situation brief (10%)
Grant application preparation (80%)"
||Live weekly sessions, detailed feedback on all assignments.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of complex challenges in global wildlife conservation and law enforcement.
- Demonstrate how to plan a significant project of research, investigation or development to advance conservation genetic or wildlife forensic applications.
- Analyse complex issues and propose solutions, even in the absence of complete or consistent information.
- Be able to effectively engage with a range of stakeholders and contibute to the development of conservation policy and practice.
- Take responsibility for making informed judgements that address current challenges in wildlife conservation and law enforcement.
|Essential, Recommended, and Further Reading suggested for each week of learning. |
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Knowledge and skills will include:
A. Research and Enquiry
Graduates of the University will be able to create new knowledge and opportunities for learning through the process of research and enquiry. This may be understood in terms of the following:
- be able to identify, define and analyse problems and identify or create processes to solve them
- be able to exercise critical judgment in creating new understanding
- be ready to ask key questions and exercise rational enquiry
- be able to critically assess existing understanding and the limitations of their own knowledge and recognise the need to regularly challenge all knowledge
- search for, evaluate and use information to develop their knowledge and understanding
- have an informed respect for the principles, methods, standards, values and boundaries of their discipline(s) and the capacity to question these
- understand economic, legal, ethical, social, cultural and environmental issues in the use of information.
B. Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
Graduates of the University will be able to work independently and sustainably, in a way that is informed by openness, curiosity and a desire to meet new challenges. This may be understood in terms of the following:
- be independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning, and are committed to continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement
- be able to make decisions on the basis of rigorous and independent thought, taking into account ethical and professional issues
- be able to use collaboration and debate effectively to test, modify and strengthen their own views
- be intellectually curious and able to sustain intellectual interest
- be able to respond effectively to unfamiliar problems in unfamiliar contexts
Graduates of the University will recognise and value communication as the tool for negotiating and creating new understanding, collaborating with others, and furthering their own learning. This may be understood in terms of the following:
- make effective use of oral, written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding
- use communication as a tool for collaborating and relating to others
- further their own learning through effective use of the full range of communication approaches
- seek and value open feedback to inform genuine self-awareness
- recognise the benefits of communicating with those beyond their immediate environments
- use effective communication to articulate their skills as identified through self-reflection
D. Personal Effectiveness
Graduates of the University will be able to effect change and be responsive to the situations and environments in which they operate. This may be understood in terms of the following:
- appreciate and use talents constructively, demonstrating self-discipline, motivation, adaptability, persistence and professionalism
- be able to manage risk while initiating and managing change
- be able to flexibly transfer their knowledge, learning, skills and abilities from one context to another
- understand social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities and issues
- be able to work effectively with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills.
|Course organiser||Dr Rob Ogden
Tel: (0131 6)51 7428
|Course secretary||Mr Michael Winpenny
Tel: (0131 6)50 8825