Course Outline

ENS316 Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Course Coordinator:Christopher Henderson (Chender1@usc.edu.au) 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?

Description

During this course you will develop your knowledge of wildlife ecology and conservation biology via lectorials and field work. During lectorials you will use regional and global case studies to identify the threats confronting wildlife, and explore mitigation options. One third of all wildlife species are threatened and effective monitoring of these populations is a critical activity of conservation biologists. You will integrate the theory, tools and practices of wildlife monitoring to analyse data collected during field classes.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Pre-recorded concept videos and associated activity 1hr Week 1 7 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus 3hrs Week 1 13 times
Fieldwork – Collecting data which will be used in class and final report. 24hrs Week 8 Once Only

Course Topics

Life history strategies and their impacts on wildlife

Population ecology

Functional ecology

Urban ecology

Conservation and Restoration Ecology

Fire ecology

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth 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 Acquire and demonstrate knowledge of the factors that threaten wildlife populations, the ecological processes and mitigation measures that underpin the conservation of populations Knowledgeable
Engaged
Sustainability-focussed
2 Acquire and apply field and analytical tools and skills in an ethical manner to collect, analyse and interpret wildlife field data in the context of wildlife population ecology and monitoring Knowledgeable
Ethical
3 Communicate the results of your analysis and interpretation of data collected during the class field work via spoken presentation to your peers Creative and critical thinker
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”.

Pre-requisites

ENS222 and SCI110

Co-requisites

Not applicable

Anti-requisites

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

In weeks 1-4, students will complete a Kahoot quiz based on the lecture. This will be a formative assessment in the course, allowing the students to take the knowledge from the lectures, be tested in a formative way and then use that material in Tasks 2 & 3.

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%
20 Questions
Refer to Format In Class
All 2 Oral Individual and Group 50%
10-12 min
Week 6 In Class
All 3 Report Individual 50%
3000 words
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Weekly Kahoot Quiz (Weeks 1-4)
Goal:
Demonstrate and apply knowledge from the lectures.
Product: Quiz/zes
Format:
Kahoot quiz
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Demonstrate knowledge of course learning materials
1
All - Assessment Task 2:Group presentation
Goal:
Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of effective spoken communication while delivering your findings, which demonstrate your understanding of the principles and analytical tools used to study wildlife populations.
Deliver a spoken presentation that provides details on species extinction risks and their conservation . You and your group will investigate the life history traits of species and identify the appropriate approaches to conserving them. Conservation approaches will include dealing with current state and federal legislation in the home range for the species, while also incorporating the current threats that species faces.
Product: Oral
Format:
Each group of students will present a summary of their species and the conservation approach they will take. Each of you presents using at least 3 slides as your contribution to the spoken presentation. Your grade consists of two components: an individual mark for your personal slides (worth 40% of Assessment Task 2 total) and a group mark based on the overall presentation (worth 60% of Assessment Task 2 total).
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Communicate orally to peers in a formal presentation paying attention to:
(i) academic structure of your presentation and adherence to timelines
(ii) language (including terminology)
(iii) use of visual material that enhance your presentation
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 3:Field report - major
Goal:
Demonstrate and apply knowledge to collect, analyse and interpret data.
Product: Report
Format:
This assignment will require that you collect, manage, analyse, interpret and report on data derived from your field studies. Report is to cover the rationale, methods, results, discussion and conclusions arising from that data analysis.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Appropriate analysis and interpretation of raw data collected by you during field classes.
1 2 3
2
Use of appropriate software, correct model selection and output using supplied data, appropriate interpretation of results, presentation of data in written scientific report format
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

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Students will need a laptop or access to one with the following freeware installed: R & R Studio

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all field activities and a low level of health and safety risk exists. Some risks concerns may include working in an unknown environment as well as slip and trip hazards. 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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