Skills for Wildlife Conservation and Management - DI310

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn 4 15 (7.5) DR J Robinson checkmark-circle


The aim of the module is to link theory and practice in wildlife conservation. A number of practical conservation problems will be used to introduce key theoretical concepts that underlie modern biodiversity management. Particular emphasis will be placed on the challenges of collecting useable data for understanding threats, establishing conservation priorities (at the species and habitat levels) and informing decision-making. Students will develop an understanding of the practical skills and scientific principles that underlie conservation management goals and plans at different geographical and temporal scales.


Contact hours



BSc in Wildlife Conservation

Method of assessment

Report (2500 words) (50%)
Examination, 2 hour (50%).
NB Both assessments must be passed in order to successfully complete the module

Indicative reading

Primack, B. (2014) Essentials of conservation biology. 6th Edition
Pullin, A. (2002) Conservation Biology. Cambridge University Press
Sodhi, N., and Ehrlich, P.R. (2010) Conservation biology for all. Oxford University Press (Free online)
Begon, M., Townsend, C.R. and Harper, J.L. (2005) Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems. 4th Ed. Sinauer Associates, Inc.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Understand key human impacts on species and how multidisciplinary research can help to develop effective strategies that practically address conservation problems
Understand how ecological, population and genetic theory underlies conservation management
Demonstrate practical experience in the assessment of priorities in conservation
Demonstrate practical experience in how to undertake a habitat assessment using a relevant taxonomic group


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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