UWA Handbook 2017

Honours course

Honours in Conservation Biology

As human pressures on our natural environment are at an all-time high, the need for experienced conservation biologists to attempt to reverse the declines in ecosystem functioning and health, and in species population sizes, is increasing. You will undertake rigorous scientific research related to the conservation of threatened flora, fauna or ecological communities. Research projects can vary from studying aspects of a rare species biology or ecology, to experiments investigating different threat mitigation strategies, or an economic analysis of the costs and benefits of different management techniques. You will develop your practical and theoretical skills in conservation-related research by conducting your own research project, and participating in units on conservation genetics, conservation planning, restoration ecology, and data analysis. Honours in Conservation Biology leads to many careers including (restoration) ecologist, conservation biologist, environmental impact assessor, DEC flora or fauna officer, government policy writer and consultant, consultant for mining companies, science journalist, laboratory technician or field research officer.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) critically identify gaps in knowledge in the field of conservation biology; (2) design and implement a research project that fills an identified gap in knowledge; (3) critically analyse results and draw evidence-based conclusions; (4) manage and analyse research data sets using appropriate statistical tests; (5) present research outcomes orally and in the form of a scientific paper; and (6) convey specialist knowledge in the field of conservation biology.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Conservation Biology major.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period
Take the following unit:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural SciencesPrerequisites: enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours; STAT1400 Statistics for Science or STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics or STAT2210 Biometrics 1 or SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis or SCIE4401 Data Use in the Natural Sciences
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate ZoologyPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries ManagementPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL4408Marine EcologyPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes or equivalent
NSBIOL4409Ecological Field MethodsPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2BIOL5501Origins, Evolution and Conservation of BiodiversityPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520 ) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL5502Managing Threatened SpeciesPrerequisites: enrolment in Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Science (70630) or honours in Science
Incompatibility: ANIM3356/ANIM3357 Animal Resource Management Part 1/Part 2; ANIM8356/ANIM8357 Animal Resource Management Part 1/Part 2
NSBIOL5542Conservation GeneticsPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSENVT4401Advanced Land Use and ManagementPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1ENVT4402Analysis for Natural Resource ManagementPrerequisites: enrolment in Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of International Development (71550) or Master of Economics (42620) or honours in the Faculty of Science
Incompatibility: ECON3320 Analysis for Natural Resource Economics
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems ApplicationsNone
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem BiogeochemistryPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Hydrogeology (72540).
Incompatibility: ENVT3305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry, ENVT8305 Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and PlanningPrerequisites: enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility: ENVT3321 Climate Change Policy and Planning, ENVT8321 Climate Change Policy and Planning
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural SystemsPrerequisites: enrolment in Master of Professional Engineering (62550) or Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Geoscience (72550), Master of Hydrogeology (72540), Master of Science (70630) or Master of Biotechnology or honours in the Faculty of Science
Group A—take all units from either Group A or Group B:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1, S2ANIM4005Zoology Research Presentation SkillsPrerequisites: enrolment in Zoology honours specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) (HON-CONBI Conservation Biology) (HON-MARSC Marine Science)
Co-requisites: ANIM5003 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 3, ANIM5004 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 4
S1, S2ANIM4006Zoology Research DevelopmentPrerequisites: enrolment in Zoology honours specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) (HON-CONBI Conservation Biology) (HON-MARSC Marine Science)
Co-requisites: ANIM5001 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 1
S1, S2ANIM5001Zoology Research Dissertation Part 1Prerequisites: enrolment in Zoology honours specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) or (HON-CONBI Conservation Biology) or (HON-MARSC Marine Science)
Co-requisites: ANIM4006 Zoology Research Development, ANIM5002 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 2
Incompatibility: ANIM5004 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 4
S1, S2ANIM5002Zoology Research Dissertation Part 2Prerequisites: enrolment in Zoology honours specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) (HON-CONBI Conservation Biology) (HON-MARSC Marine Science)
Co-requisites: ANIM5001 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 1
S1, S2ANIM5003Zoology Research Dissertation Part 3Prerequisites: enrolment in Bachelor of Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) in Zoology or Conservation Biology or Marine Science
Co-requisites: ANIM5004 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 4
S1, S2ANIM5004Zoology Research Dissertation Part 4Prerequisites: enrolment in Zoology honours specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites: ANIM4405 Zoology Communicating Science, ANIM5003 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 3
Group B—take unit(s) according to rule for Group A:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1, S2PLNT4511Plant Biology Research Project DevelopmentPrerequisites: enrolment in the BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Botany, Conservation Biology or Marine Science.
S1, S2PLNT4512Plant Biology Research PresentationCo-requisites: PLNT5544 Botany Research Dissertation Part 4
S1, S2PLNT5541Plant Biology Honours Research Dissertation Part 1Co-requisites: PLNT4511 Plant Biology Research Project Development
S1, S2PLNT5542Plant Biology Honours Research Dissertation Part 2Co-requisites: PLNT4511 Plant Biology Research Project Development
S1, S2PLNT5543Plant Biology Honours Research Dissertation Part 3Co-requisites: PLNT4511 Plant Biology Research Project Development
S1, S2PLNT5544Plant Biology Honours Research Dissertation Part 4Co-requisites: PLNT4511 Plant Biology Research Project Development