Advances in Conservation
Run by School of Natural Sciences
10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Prof Julia Patricia Gordon Jones
Overall aims and purpose
The aim of this module is to give you advanced understanding of the current challenges in wildlife conservation, and how conservation science is contributing to efforts to address them.
The lectures and seminars will encourage you to engage with a range of topics while the individual report allows you the opportunity for a very deep exploration of a topic of your choice. For the in-depth report you will draw on and critically synthesise a range of literature.
After the introductory lecture, the module will consist of a series of six lectures with an associated seminar (based on set reading). Students will need to prepare for each seminar by working in groups to deliver a short presentation (formative only i.e. this is not marked) and must complete the reading. Students will submit a brief summary of their learning from the seminars. There will be two opportunities to hand these in. Students will get feedback before the second hand-in date so they can improve their style. Students can submit between four and six in total (two and four for students on the 10 credit version) and their best four (two) marks will count. There will be a session early in the term where students will get feedback on the summaries submitted. Students will spend significant time working individually on their in-depth report. There will be tutorials available with the module organiser to help students improve their use of the literature and the structure of their argument.
Grade D- to D+ Aware of the key principles underlying the science. Pass level in the in-depth report. Basic competence demonstrated in abstracts.
C- to C+
Grade C- to C+ Better understanding of the material. Competent demonstration of understanding and use of the literature in in-depth report. Abstracts lack clarity and depth.
A- to A** An excellent understanding of the issues covered. A very clearly written and professionally presented in-depth report which covers an excellent range of appropriate literature in depth. An excellent overview of seminars produced showing very good understanding, clearly and concisely summarized.
B- to B+ A good understanding of the issues covered. A clearly written and professionally presented in-depth report which covers a range of appropriate literature in some depth. A good brief overview of seminars produced showing good understanding.
A deep understanding of a range of current issues in conservation science, policy and practice
An ability to use the academic literature to critically explore a current conservation issue in depth (and reference the literature appropriately).
The ability to write a professional, critical and well-referenced report (in the style of an 'essay' in the journal Conservation Biology) on a current conservation issue of their choice.
The ability to summarise information based on a range of sources to produce a concise, critical and informative written summary.
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
Lectures will introduce the course and assessments and will introduce each of the seminar topics (giving the broader context).
I will hold a session for giving feedback on the first (formative) topic summary they will write.
I will then hold regular tutorials and drop in sessions for students working on their in-depth reports.
Students will have reading to do to prepare for each seminar. They will also need to work hard summarising the information provided in each session for the briefs. Finally, they will need to spend significant time working on their individual topic for the in-depth report. This will require a lot of reading and detailed research.
I will timetable a time and place for students to meet to prepare for the seminars (working on presentations or other exercises). I will be available during the time and drop in from time to time to facilitate discussion if it is helpful.
I will deliver 6 topic-based seminars. Students will be set reading in advance (for some they will be asked to prepare a formative presentation) and I will facilitate a discussion based on the reading.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
Subject specific skills
- PS1 Communication skills, covering both written and oral communication with a variety of audiences
- PS2 Skills in the employment of common conventions and standards in scientific writing, data presentation, and referencing literature
- PS5 Information location and retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, and the ability to assess the quality of information accessed
- PS8 Time management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective ways of working
- PS11 Problem-solving skills including the demonstration of self-direction, initiative and originality
- PS6 Information technology skills which support the location, management, processing, analysis and presentation of scientific information
- PS14 Independent learning skills required for continuing professional development
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/dxx-3511.html
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- C328: BSc Wildlife Conservation year 3 (BSC/WLC)
- C332: BSc Wildlife Conservation with Place Yr year 4 (BSC/WLCP)
Optional in courses:
- C183: BSC Appl.Terrestrial & Marine Ec 4 year 4 (BSC/APTME)
- C180: BSc Appl. Terrestrial &Marine Ec year 3 (BSC/ATME)
- C184: BSc App Terrestrial & Marine Ecology with Intl Experience year 4 (BSC/ATMEIE)
- D503: BSc Conservation with Forestry with International Experience year 4 (BSC/CFIE)
- 5DKD: BSc Conservation with Forestry year 3 (BSC/CWF)
- 5DLD: BSc Conservation with Forestry (four year) year 4 (BSC/CWF4)
- D447: BSC Environmental Conservation year 3 (BSC/ECON)
- D448: BSC Environmental Conservation year 4 (BSC/ECON4)
- D451: BSc Environmental Conservation (International Experience) year 4 (BSC/ENIE)