Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Introduction to Conservation
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Field work assessment and report  50%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   50%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Candidates must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  50%
Supplementary Assessment Candidates must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Understand and recognise the need for conservation of species and habitats.

2. Understand the ecological theory relevant to successful conservation.

3. Understand the evolutionary theory relevant to successful conservation.

4. Synthesise theoretical knowledge and apply this to the development of basic conservation strategies.

Brief description

In recent years, conservation has developed from a largely ad hoc series of interventions, usually of a "fire-fighting" nature, to a fully-fledged science incorporating theoretical and practical aspects of ecology and evolutionary biology. The proposed module will provide students with a basic grounding in these concepts, with a constant emphasis on their practical application.


The need for conservation; The importance of conserving biodiversity at a range of scales, from genetic diversity to biomes and ecosystems; Ecological and evolutionary theory underpinning conservation; Practical approaches to conserving species, habitats and ecosystems.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Basic analysis of numerical data for report.
Communication Presentation of written report.
Improving own Learning and Performance Fieldwork and practical skills. Feedback provided via Turnitin on the report.
Information Technology Use of information technology, including spreadsheets, georeferencing etc for any data processing for report.
Personal Development and Career planning Relevance of module skills to potential careers emphasized.
Problem solving Identification of conservation needs.
Research skills Researching background information for report.
Subject Specific Skills Conservation biology.
Team work Depending on numbers, students will work in groups to obtain data / information for their report.


This module is at CQFW Level 4