Special Topics in Conservation - DI883

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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7 15 (7.5) DR T Humle


All term 1 modules that are required for the programme





This module provides the opportunity for students to undertake a detailed analysis or review of a specific topic of interest that relates directly to their programme of study. The topic will be decided upon after consultation with the relevant member of staff and agreed by the Programme Convenor and Director of Graduate Studies. The topic of interest may be explored using one or more of the following approaches: comprehensive literature review, systematic evidence review, collection and analysis of a small field data set, analysis of an existing data set, laboratory practical exercise, computer modelling. The topic of interest must be addressed by framing it within a clearly defined goal, and the approach used must allow a clear conclusion to be reached.


This module appears in:

Contact hours



Spring Term

Method of assessment

Assessment will be by means of an extended written report (maximum of 5000 words) written in the format of a paper for an appropriate academic journal. As the sole method of assessment, this will test achievement learning outcomes.

Indicative reading

Pechenik, J. and Lamb, B. (1994) How to Write About Biology. Harper Collins: London.
Robson, R. (1994). Real World Research. Blackwell: Oxford.
Sutherland, W.J. (1998). Conservation Science and Action. Blackwell: Oxford.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

An in depth understanding and knowledge of one particular advanced topic in conservation that relates directly to the programme of study.
An in depth understanding of how the topic of choice relates to wider biodiversity issues in both the natural and social sciences.
Ability to use a range of tools for collecting, synthesising and analysing data in the specific field of research.

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