BIOL5502 Managing Threatened Species and Ecological Communities

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2AlbanyOnline timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Conservation Biology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content
This unit examines the principles and challenges of managing threatened species and ecological communities (EC's), drawing from global examples, but with a practical investigation of the Endangered Banksia Woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain. In interactive lectures and discussion sessions students will learn how and why particular management decisions were taken, will analyse successes and failures, and will understand how ‘best practice' can be achieved via mechanisms such as the IUCN green listing process.
In close collaboration with the Western Australian Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), and relevant UWA researchers, students will conduct field research in Banksia woodlands near Perth. In so doing they will learn techniques for mammal surveys, population modelling, weed assessment, and assigning condition indices to vegetation, and will use these insights in a series of written assignments.
The unit aims to bring students together with local experts and organizations involved in threatened species and communities management to enhance their expertise and employability, to contribute to long-term data collection within an iconic threatened ecological community, and to develop students' critical thinking and written and verbal communication skills.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate competence in fieldwork and analytical skills that relate to threatened species or communities management; (2) demonstrate awareness of global examples of threatened species management with a focus on recent research and initiatives; and (3) conduct relevant research on a threatened species to compile an IUCN green list assessment.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a portfolio of short assignments based on a field visit, computer laboratory and engagement with a visiting expert; (2) a verbal presentation describing and critiquing a long-term management program for a threatened species; and (3) a written report detailing an assessment against IUCN criteria for whether a threatened species meets standards for green listing. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the a written report detailing an assessment against IUCN criteria for whether a threatened species meets standards for green listing component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nicola Mitchell and Dr Pieter Poot
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Science (70630) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Advisable prior study:
SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Contact hours
One interactive lecture/tutorial per week followed by student-led interviews with conservation practitioners, formal presentations, or practicals. Fieldwork: Up to 15 hours in total, with flexibility in the timing of student-led fieldwork.
Texts

https://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/communities/pubs/131-conservation-advice.pdf

 

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