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
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Content
This unit develops a critical approach to current issues in wildlife management. Emphasis is placed on learning wildlife management through hands-on experience, hence the focus on field work 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; (2) critically discuss the causes and consequences of both population decline and expansion; (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 both spoken and written formats.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a team debate (10 per cent); (2) writing and presentation of reports (40 per cent); and (3) 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
Incompatibility:
BIOL2261 Conservation Biology for students enrolled in the Master of Biological Science
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials/workshops: 1 hour per week; labs: 3 hours per week; field work 1–2 evenings
Recommended
reading

Wildlife ecology, conservation, and management

Fryxell, John M., Sinclair, A. R. E.; Caughley, Graeme,

3rd ed.; Chichester, England : Wiley Blackwell; 2014

 

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

 

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