Conservation Ecology (10234.2)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| Bruce, Canberra
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Science And Technology|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Academic Program Area - Science||Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesAfter successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of biological conservation;
2. Demonstrate ability to incorporate ecological theory in applied conservation;
3. Conduct a detailed appraisal and analysis of real-world problems of conservation relevance;
4. Demonstrate well-developed scientific thinking and be able to communicate those clearly through both written and verbal skills; and
5. Work effectively as part of a team in the field.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
PrerequisitesEcology, 10231, and Biostatistics, 10222.
Equivalent unitsConservation Biology, 8898.
Assumed knowledgeLevel 2 Ecology and Statistics.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||31 July 2023||On-Campus||Dr Richard Duncan|
There are no set texts for this unit. Useful texts for the unit available in the library are -
Caughley, G. and Gunn, A. (1996) Conservation biology in theory and practice. Blackwell Science.
Groom, M.J., Meffe, G.K. and Carroll, C.R. (2005) Principles of Conservation Biology. 3rd edition. Sinauer Associates, Sutherland, US.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
All assessment items must be uploaded to Canvas.
Special assessment requirements
An aggregate mark of 50% or more overall to pass the unit.
In addition, to pass the unit students must:
- complete and submit all assessment items for marking
- attend both all-day field classes. It is the responsibility of students to contact the unit convenor via email, if they have a justifiable reason (e.g. sickness) to miss one or more of these classes.
The unit convenor reserves the right to question students on any of their submitted work for moderation and academic integrity purposes, which may result in an adjustment to the marks awarded for a specific task.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.
The contact hours in this unit consist of 20 hours of lectures, 10 hours of tutorials and two all-day field trips (15 hours). The remaining hours of workload should be spent in private study, including preparing for and completing the assessment items.
It is strongly recommended that students start working on their assignments as early as possible.
Inclusion and engagement
Please consult with the Unit Convenor early in the semester (before the end of Week 2) if you have any issues that could affect your participation in class activities, particularly the field excursions.
Students must attend the two all day field trips to pass the unit. It is the responsibility of students to contact the unit convenor via email, if they have a justifiable reason (e.g. sickness) to miss one or more of these trips.
Engagement with the material in lectures, workshop/practical and field classes and online is required to complete the assessment tasks. The assessments will draw upon the activities covered/completed during classes and online.
Required IT skills
Students will need basic computer skills in using web browsers, email and Microsoft Office software. Familiarity with the R statistical software would be an advantage but is not essential. The written reports must be in word processor format, readable by MS Word. All written assessment items (unless specified otherwise) are to be uploaded to the unit's Canvas site.
Students may be asked to arrange their own transport to some field sites. The field trips will require suitable clothing and footwear. Details will be provided in class and on the Canvas site. There are no other costs.
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit involves work integrated learning: simulation of scenarios encountered in workplaces and fieldwork.
Provision of information to the class
Notifications through the Canvas Announcements or Canvas Discussion Forum are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsibility of students to ensure that they check for announcements on the unit's Canvas website (Canvas Announcements are emailed to student email addresses only). Students should ensure they check their student email regularly.
Use of student email account
The University Email policy states that "students wishing to contact the University via email regarding administrative or academic matters need to send the email from the University account for identity verification purposes". Therefore all unit enquiries should be emailed using a student university email account. Students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any issues accessing their university email account.
Students should let the Unit Covenor know if they are absent from classes due to illness or other reasons. The Unit Convenor will take reasonable steps to help students catch up if they are absent from class because of illness or other legitimate reasons.
Unforseen circumstances, which are beyond the unit convenor's control, could result in changes in the mode of delivery of lecture and tutorials. Students will be advised if unforseen circumstances affect delivery methods for lectures and/or tutorials.
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