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Conservation Medicine (VET630)

Organisational Unit School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of fundamental issues associated with conservation medicine. The unit will explore a range of issues related to the interdisciplinary integration of veterinary science and conservation biology. Topics include: wildlife management, habitat protection, indigenous knowledge and community participation, integrated conservation and development projects, sustainable development, the role of institutions involved with wildlife conservation, the role of veterinarians in wildlife conservation efforts and the role of private practitioners in community conservation projects.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should:
1. Have an understanding of the challenges and the complexity of the issues facing the conservation of biodiversity.
2. Be familiar with the pros and cons of conservation strategies that are often used to counter these challenges.
Timetabled Learning Activities Tutorials: 1 x 2 hours per week for internal students; online discussion for external students.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit involves blended learning strategies using online instruction through LMS for external and internal students, as well as structured learning through tutorials for internal students. Each topic has required readings and some have required audiovisual presentations on Echo. It is expected that the average student will need to commit approximately 10 hours of study per week for this 3 credit point unit. This will obviously vary according to the topic being studied and individual learning styles.
Other Learning Experiences Online discussions for external students.
Assessment The assessment in this unit involves the completion of three assignments and an open-book exam. Assignments 1 and 2 are each worth 20%, Assignment 3 is worth 30% and the exam is worth 30%. Written feedback on assignments will be provided to students and key concepts will be discussed via the online discussion forum for external students and in tutorials for internal students. The assessment topics will focus on issues relevant to the overall learning objectives of this unit, which are for veterinarians to develop an understanding of the challenges and complexity of the issues facing biodiversity conservation and be familiar with the pros and cons of conservation strategies that are often used to counter these challenges.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) or Doctor of Veterinary Medical Sciences.
Notes Enrolment in this unit in the internal mode is subject to approval by the Academic Chair.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) (MVS)
Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science (DVetMedSc)
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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