Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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The conservation of natural habitats and wild species is now regarded as both morally desirable and vital to human interests. This course provides the biological information required to manage conservation areas both at home and abroad. It gives particular attention to the relationships between conservation actions and other human activities.
Topics to be discussed:
- Basic conservation issues including the effects of species additions and losses and the impacts of climate change.
- Conservation aspects of Environmental Impact Assessments.
- World wide case histories to explore the relationship between conservation, local livelihoods and tourism.
- Conservation management measures applied to a selection of the following habitat types: lakes and reservoirs, streams and rivers, mountains and moorlands, forests and farms, deserts and natural grasslands, coastal areas, derelict land and urban locations.
Who is this course for?
Anyone interested in learning more about the measures required to conserve scarce resources and to protect endangered species. It is particularly suitable for those embarking on a career in conservation management, or seeking to expand their expertise in this field.
Learning and Teaching
There will be lectures and discussion groups (20 hours), plus a field trip (5 hours).
A full range of visual aids will be employed and you will be given critical feedback on your written reports.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
During the course you may be asked to undertake a presentation, complete a report, and there will be a class test at the end of the course.
Journals: Conservation Land Management
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- Biological Conservation
- Sutherland, W.J. and Hill, D.A. (Eds) (1995) Managing Habitats for Conservation. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
- Edington, J.M. and Edington, M.A. (1977) Ecology and Environmental Planning. Chapman and Hall, London.
- Practical Conservation handbboks. British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (consult most recent update).
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.