UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ANIM3353 Wildlife Conservation and Management

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyMulti-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Conservation Biology major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit develops a critical approach to current issues in wildlife management with a bias towards issues relevant in an Australian context. Emphasis is placed on learning wildlife management through hands-on experience, hence the focus on field work, workshops and case studies. The unit examines management strategies that can be adopted to protect endangered and vulnerable animals and to control feral animals and pests. Students also examine the commercial exploitation of native animal populations and broad scale management actions that may affect many animal species, such as predator control and fire. There is some emphasis on management of small populations as this is a major issue for most endangered species in Australia. Students are expected to read original journal articles as well as make use of standard reference texts. Students participate in a series of debates on recent and/or controversial topics. Students are also involved in case studies of relevant topics and participate in a field trip at Harry Waring Marsupial Reserve where population data is collected for later analysis in class.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) gain an understanding of current issues in wildlife conservation and management in Australia and elsewhere; (2) critically discuss the causes and effects of population decline and expansion of wildlife; (3) identify methods of managing threatened or pest species and understand the limitations of those strategies; (4) gain experience in a field-based research project and explain the rationale for the work, the methodology, results and management implications; and (5) present information clearly and logically in spoken and written formats.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a team debate (10 per cent); (2) a case study presentation and written report (20 per cent); (3) a field work written report (20 per cent); and (4) a two-hour examination (50 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Amanda Ridley
Unit rules
Prerequisites: ENVT2250 Ecology or ENVT2221 Global Climate Change and Biodiversity
Advisable prior study: GENE2240 Introduction to Genetics or GENE2204 Principles of Genetics
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials/workshops: 1 hour per week; labs: 3 hours per week; field work 1–2 evenings
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/ANIM3353/SEM-2/2017
Recommended
reading

Caughley, G. and Gunn, A. Conservation Biology in Theory and Practice: Blackwell Science 1996

Lindenmeyer, D. and Burgman, M. Practical Conservation Biology: CSIRO Publishing 2005

Sinclair, R. E. et al. Wildlife Ecology, Conservation and Management: Blackwell Publishing 2006


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