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BL4268   Science Communication of Biodiversity and Conservation

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

This module will focus on the scientific problems associated with the conservation and sustainable use of animals and plants, and on the way in which scientific advice on these issues is provided. Initial lectures will cover sustainable development and the precautionary principle; the causes of extinction; the economics of conservation; management of exploitation; and estimating species richness. After this student-led seminars will cover a range of more specialist issues of current concern. Practical work on population viability analysis, classifying populations using the IUCN criteria, and species richness estimation may be included.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass BL3309

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar (x 11 weeks) plus 6 additional 2-hour lectures during the sememster

Scheduled learning hours: 34

Guided independent study hours: 116

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 40%
Coursework: 60%

Re-assessment: Resubmission of failed item(s) of Coursework

Personnel

Module coordinator: Dr M A Azeredo de Dornelas
Module teaching staff: Dr M Dornelas