Course Outline

ANM102 Endangered Animals and their Conservation

Course Coordinator:Ben Gilby ( School:School of Science, Technology and Engineering

2022Semester 1

USC Sunshine Coast

USC Moreton Bay

USC Fraser Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Effects on the biosphere imposed by a growing and ever-more-prosperous human population mean that the world's species are facing a diverse range of threats. In this Course, you will explore these threats, their ecological consequences, and the tools available to mitigate associated impacts both in theory and practice. Along the way, you will encounter ethical dilemmas, and will be encouraged to take a balanced view on contentious arguments. You will learn principles from a global perspective, and will apply them to case studies particular to Australia.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On-campus workshops support learning materials, introduce the content to be covered on field trips and support students in completing the major assessments. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Fieldwork – Fieldtrips support key concepts presented in both the learning materials and tutorials, and provide opportunities for students to apply their skills in a field setting 7hrs Not applicable 2 times

Course Topics

Animal diversity and distributions, extinctions, conservation and threats status, global conservation challenges, and approaches to conservation. 

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Reflect on ethical principles associated with the conservation of endangered animals Creative and critical thinker
2 Demonstrate and apply knowledgeabout endangered animals and their conservation. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
3 Communicate effectively and professionally. Empowered

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in Program SC012, SC107, ED112, SB303 or SC320


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Quizzes will be available throughout the semester in class, whereby students can submit answers to questions and receive formative feedback on current understanding of the material.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 0%
Up to 20 questions
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) In Class
All 2a Oral Group 30%
Short (less than 10 min) video.
Week 10 Online Submission
All 2b Oral Individual 20%
Short (less than 10 min) video.
Week 10 Online Submission
All 3 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 50%
2 hours
Week 13 Online Test (Quiz)
All - Assessment Task 1:Weekly Kahoot Quiz
Revise the weekly lecture content and prepare for the final exam
Product: Quiz/zes
Online Kahoot quiz (weeks 2-9)
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Correctly answering a series of multiple choice questions relating to the learning materials
All - Assessment Task 2a:Mini-Documentary, group component
Showcase your ability to synthesize complementary strands of information on the theory and application of animal conservation as a group.
Product: Oral
You will work in a group to produce a short ( less than 10 min) documentary in an approved digital format (.mov, .mpg, .mp4, .wmv). This will be assessed as a group with a focus on content.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Understand fundamental concepts regarding conservation in Australia; and
1 2
Communicate your understanding to a broad audience
All - Assessment Task 2b:Mini-documentary, individual component
To present scientific information professionally, clearly and informatively, and to work as a member of a group.
Product: Oral
You will work in a group to produce a short ( less than 10 min) documentary in an approved digital format (.mov, .mpg, .mp4, .wmv). This will be assessed individually with a focus on individual presentation skills.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Presentation of documentary material, variety in tone and intonation of narration, engaging visuals that link with narration
All - Assessment Task 3:End of Semester Examination
Showcase your understanding of the course content
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
A two (2) hour online exam
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrate your knowledge of animal conservation;
2 3
Apply knowledge from lectures and readings to solve unseen problems
1 2 3

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Navjot S. Sodhi 2010 Conservation Biology for All 1 Oxford University Press

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all field activities and low to moderate levels of health and safety risk exists. Moderate risks may include working in an Australian bush setting, working with people, working outside normal office hours for example. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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