Applied Ecology and Conservation - WCON5390

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Zoe Davies checkmark-circle


This module explores the ways in which ecological science can be applied to solving some of the crucial problems facing the world today, including those affecting wildlife conservation. It covers key ecological principles at the population, community and ecosystem levels, and investigates how these principles can help guide management decisions, policy and environmental practice. A major theme is how natural resources can be managed and exploited sustainably, drawing on examples from agriculture, urbanisation, and forestry in temperate and tropical regions. The module also explores the role of rewilding and restoration in achieving conservation goals. Central to the module is the question of how wildlife conservation can be better incorporated into the wider needs of environmental management.


Contact hours

Private Study: 126
Contact Hours: 24
Total: 150


Optional to the following courses:
• BSc Wildlife Conservation*
• BSc Human Geography*
• BA Environmental Social Sciences*
• BA Environment and Sustainability
*Inc. cognate courses

Not available to Short Term Credit students.

This module will be restricted to a maximum of 40 students and is only available to Stage 2 students.

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Critical Writing Assignment (2,500 words) 50%
Field report (2,500 words) 50%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.

The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the reading list pages.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Gain in-depth knowledge of the ecological processes that define disturbed and undisturbed terrestrial ecosystems
2 Apply principles of population ecology and community ecology theory to inform ecological management decisions in a range of contexts (e.g. agriculture, forestry)
3 Demonstrate an understanding of key processes that underpin population biology, (e.g. population growth, density-dependent and density-independent factors), and apply this to challenges in animal population management
4 Appreciate how ecological theory can inform conservation practice, and better understand the threats to biodiversity from habitat loss, invasive species, and climate change.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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