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Conservation Science (ENV638)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Description This unit explores the systems and interactions that characterise the complex natural environments we manage today. Particular attention is given to quantitative and qualitative systems modelling, with practical examples from protected areas, biodiversity conservation, and natural resource management. Conservation planning and associated developments in spatial planning using geographic information systems for natural resource management are also covered. Human values regarding natural systems and their responses to management are other important elements of this unit.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Understand the environment as a complex system with ecological and social components.
2. Understand the systems models that are available and be able to interpret their function and outputs for systems of interest.
3. Understand conservation planning and other forms of spatial planning relevant to conservation science and management.
4. Understand the limitations of current data as well as working effectively with surrogates.
5. Appreciate the place of humans in natural systems.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; workshops 2.5 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit includes lectures and workshops. The workshops are particularly important given the applied nature of the material to be taught.
Communication and discussion with and amongst the students will be facilitated through the online learning management system, which is an integral component for this unit. Online resources include:
* Echo recordings for lectures
* Discussion boards.
* Unit reader
* Additional readings and links to relevant and up to date materials
* Announcements
Assessment Feedback to students will be provided via completed marking sheets/rubrics or face-to-face in tutorials/via skype dependent upon assessment type and whether students are internal or external.
Assessment
Report 30% 2500 words, Individual, Mid Teaching Period
Oral Presentation 15% 12-15 minutes, small groups, between wks 4-10
Examination 45% closed book, 2 hour, individual.
Workshop Tasks 10% continuous. 500 words during tutorials.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

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