EM353 Conservation Biology

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Updated: 29 January 2020
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
24 April 2020 26 April 2020 Mandatory All online students must attend the Mandatory Intensive School.
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites ECOL203
Co-requisites None
Restrictions EM422 or EM453 or EM522 or EM553
Notes None
Combined Units EM553 - Conservation Biology
Coordinator(s) Tim Paine (timothy.paine@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit covers the principles and practice of biological conservation. Topics include: assessment of species conservation status and management priorities; patterns and causes of rarity, extinction and decline; re-introductions; captive breeding; conservation genetics; biodiversity; threat analysis and mitigation; effects of fragmentation and isolation; conservation evaluation - issues include the viability and management of ecological reserves and conservation policy and attitudes.

Important Information

Where calculators are permitted in examinations, it must be selected from an approved list, which can be accessed from the Further Information link below.

Further information

Recommended Material


Note: Recommended material may be held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature

ISBN: 9781319146719
Kareiva, P., Marvier, M., W. H. Freeman 2nd ed. 2017

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1 30% 1500
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Assignment 2 30% 2500
Assessment Notes

Practical Report

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2-4

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 40%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. analyse, evaluate and appreciate the conservation status of species and ecological communities;
  2. critically research and evaluate conservation biology literature;
  3. demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the principles of small and declining population theories and communicate this information to others using written and verbal formats;
  4. prepare a scientific report or essay that critically discusses and evaluates the key issues of a scientific question; and
  5. demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the principles of reserve selection and communicate this information to others using written and verbal formats.