APS 271 Conservation Principles

Level 2
Semester 1A
Credits 10
Pre/Co Requisites -
Recommended Requisites -
Teaching Staff Dr Karl Evans, Dr Tom Webb
Co-ordinator Dr Karl Evans


This module will introduce students to the fundamental principles of conservation biology that influence conservation programmes around the globe. Following a brief examination of the rationales for conservation the course discusses some of:
• the fundamental issues in conservation planning, such as selecting appropriate units for conservation and priority assessment
• the research tools and methods commonly used by conservationists
• the ways in which ecological theory guides conservation action.


Conservation aims to prevent biodiversity loss, but achieving this is extremely difficult. Conservation biology emerged as a robust scientific discipline in the 1980s and attempts to use science to increase the effectiveness of conservation. This module explores the rationale for conservation, and the ecological principles that underpin conservation action. These principles are illustrated using case studies of animal and plant conservation in terrestrial and marine ecosystems from temperate and tropical regions. Students are encouraged to apply their knowledge to hypothetical, but real world, scenarios.

This module is a pre-requisite for APS349 Conservation Issues and Management

DELIVERY METHOD: 15 lectures

ASSESSMENT METHOD: 1½ hour examination: one essay question (from a choice of three) and multiple choice questions. The essay and multiple choice each contribute 50% to the overall module mark.

FEEDBACK: Students are provided feedback on their proposed solutions to the hypothetical scenarios developed in the lectures. Feedback on performance in examinations can be arranged via a meeting with their personal tutor after mid-March.

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