ANIML SC 2502RW - Wildlife Management II

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

The course deals with the survey & management of captive and wild populations of vertebrate animals. Topics covered include: the reasons for management; conflicts between humans & wildlife; the philosophical rationale for maintaining captive collections; development of ecologically based management strategies for the purpose of conservation; management of endangered species; management of harvested and pest populations; legal & administrative framework; the impact of diseases on wild animal populations. A compulsory mid-semester break field camp demonstrates some of the wildlife survey & handling techniques that provide some of the data on which wildlife management programs are based.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANIML SC 2502RW
    Course Wildlife Management II
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week with a 4 day Field Trip in mid-semester break
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible ANIML SC 1014RW
    Assumed Knowledge BIOLOGY 1202 or equivalent
    Course Description The course deals with the survey & management of captive and wild populations of vertebrate animals. Topics covered include: the reasons for management; conflicts between humans & wildlife; the philosophical rationale for maintaining captive collections; development of ecologically based management strategies for the purpose of conservation; management of endangered species; management of harvested and pest populations; legal & administrative framework; the impact of diseases on wild animal populations. A compulsory mid-semester break field camp demonstrates some of the wildlife survey & handling techniques that provide some of the data on which wildlife management programs are based.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Philip Stott

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Demonstrate a basic research skills to undertake a review of the scientific literature relevant to aspects of wildlife management.
    2 Integrate information from different examples to develop an understanding of the human dimension of wildlife management and a range of technical methods used by wildlife managers.
    3 Ability to capture, handle and identify small mammals and non-venomous reptiles while minimising risk to themselves and to the animals.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 3
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 3
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    4 hours of contact per week which will be a combination of lectures and tutorials

    Compulsory 4 day field trip in mid-semester break

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course
    (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
    Learning Activities Summary
    Study units

    Unit 1: Introduction to Wildlife Management
    Unit 2: Conflicting Wildlife and their Management
    Unit 3: Management for Wildlife Conservation
    Unit 4: Management for Wildlife Utilisation
    Unit 5: Wildlife Diseases and their Management

    Field Camp: Compulsory 4 day field trip during mid-semester break on Wildlife Survey and Identification Techniques. Some costs will be incurred by students for the field trip.
    Specific Course Requirements
    A compulsory four day field camp during mid semester break. If using accommodation and catering provided by the university, there is a student contribution. Alternative accommodation (i.e. not provided by the university, with self-catering) is available on site.



  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome
    Literature Reviews Formative & Summative Week 5 & Week 9 40% No 1, 2, 3
    Theory exam Summative End of semester 40% No 2
    Field trip report Summative Week 12 20% No 3
    Assessment Detail
    Field Trip report (Total of 20%):
    Students will submit a report (maximum 1 page) based upon the data collected and collated during the field trip. The report will be due 2 weeks after the completion of the field trip.

    Attendance at the field trip is compulsory, however students that have a pre-approved reason for absence (as per University guidelines – e.g. elite athletes, compassionate or medical reasons) will be provided with a replacement assessment item relevant to an aspect of the field trip (for example, an alternative trapping exercise utilising the trapping guidelines for small mammals available from State Govt Environment, Water and Natural Resources).

    Literature Reviews (Total of 40%): 
    An Australian species literature review (20%) due in Week 5 of semester. The literature review is assessed and returned prior to the due date for the 2nd literature review to allow for formative feedback to enable students to amend their approach prior to the second review. The literature review is 2000 words.

    A foreign species literature review (20%) due at the end of semester. The literature review is 2000 words

    Theory exam (40%)
    A three hour theory examination is provided during the official examination period.

     



    Submission

    Late Submission
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A mark of zero will be allocated to late submitted assessment.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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