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BIOL2047 Animal Conservation

Module Overview

We are now losing our biodiversity on a massive scale worldwide - a current extinction crisis fuelled by human-induced threats. There is an urgent need to educate our next generation conservation scientists and practitioners so that they are well-equipped to preserve our wildlife, and in a better position to protect our natural resources. This module provides cutting-edge conservation science to undergraduates with the principle aim of disseminating the latest conservation knowledge.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the major anthropogenic threats to biodiversity
  • Understand the management approaches for species and habitats
  • Critically assess controversial topics and independently review supporting evidence


This module will cover the following important topics: Introduction to conservation biology Balancing conservation and human needs Biodiversity Ecosystem functions and services Extinction Climate change Fire Habitat degradation Habitat loss Invasive alien species Overharvesting Illegal harvesting Conservation planning and designing Endangered species management Conservation in human-dominated landscapes Roles of people in conservation From theories to practices Conservation biologists’ toolbox

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars, computer-based exercises, field excursion to Marwell zoo, videos and independent study.

Practical classes and workshops2
External visits6
Independent Study124
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 10%
Coursework 20%
Examination 70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 10%
Coursework 20%
Examination 70%

Linked modules


To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

BIOL2004Pure and Applied Population Ecology
BIOL1003Ecology and Evolution
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