School: Science

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Wildlife Management
  • Unit Code

    SCI3115
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    1
  • Version

    1
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Dr Robert Allyn DAVIS

Description

This unit introduces students to the ecological principles underlying the management of native and introduced wildlife in Australia. It provides students with a broad overview of Australian wildlife biology and with the skills and techniques necessary to manage wildlife populations for conservation or economic purposes.

Prerequisite Rule

Students must pass 2 units from SCI2116, SCI2118

Equivalent Rule

Unit was previously coded SCI2370

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Apply a range of wildlife census techniques and demonstrate how to analyse survey data.
  2. Apply adaptive management principles to wildlife management.
  3. Demonstrate the practical skills required to manage wildlife populations in Australia.
  4. Describe the population dynamics, carrying capacity and sustainable harvest of wildlife species in Australia.
  5. Explain the origins, ethical considerations and primary objectives of wildlife management.
  6. Explain the role of captive breeding in the management of threatened species.
  7. Outline the basic principles of landscape ecology, habitat selection, foraging ecology, competition and predation.

Unit Content

  1. Landscape and habitat requirements, and foraging strategies of a selected range of wildlife species.
  2. Modern wildlife management techniques applied in Australia and other parts of the world.
  3. Predator-prey interactions, competition and carrying capacities of selected wildlife species.
  4. Research on the role of captive breeding and wildlife reintroduction programmes in the Australian context.
  5. Sampling theory and wildlife census techniques, including practical application of field surveys, data collection and analysis.
  6. The key factors regulating native wildlife populations in Australia.
  7. The nature of human-induced habitat change on wildlife distribution and abundance.
  8. The scope and roles of a wildlife manager.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Lectures, laboratories/field practicals

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
Laboratory WorkField and laboratory reports30%
AssignmentEssay and group presentations30%
ExaminationEnd of semester examination40%

Core Reading(s)

  • Fryxell, J. M., Sinclair, A. R. E., & Caughley, G. (2014). Wildlife ecology, conservation, and management. (3rd ed.). Chichester, West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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School: Science

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Wildlife Management
  • Unit Code

    SCI3115
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    2
  • Version

    1
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Dr Robert Allyn DAVIS

Description

This unit introduces students to the ecological principles underlying the management of native and introduced wildlife in Australia. It provides students with a broad overview of Australian wildlife biology and with the skills and techniques necessary to manage wildlife populations for conservation or economic purposes.

Prerequisite Rule

Students must pass 2 units from SCI2116, SCI2118

Equivalent Rule

Unit was previously coded SCI2370

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Apply a range of wildlife census techniques and demonstrate how to analyse survey data.
  2. Apply adaptive management principles to wildlife management.
  3. Demonstrate the practical skills required to manage wildlife populations in Australia.
  4. Describe the population dynamics, carrying capacity and sustainable harvest of wildlife species in Australia.
  5. Explain the origins, ethical considerations and primary objectives of wildlife management.
  6. Explain the role of captive breeding in the management of threatened species.
  7. Outline the basic principles of landscape ecology, habitat selection, foraging ecology, competition and predation.

Unit Content

  1. Landscape and habitat requirements, and foraging strategies of a selected range of wildlife species.
  2. Modern wildlife management techniques applied in Australia and other parts of the world.
  3. Predator-prey interactions, competition and carrying capacities of selected wildlife species.
  4. Research on the role of captive breeding and wildlife reintroduction programmes in the Australian context.
  5. Sampling theory and wildlife census techniques, including practical application of field surveys, data collection and analysis.
  6. The key factors regulating native wildlife populations in Australia.
  7. The nature of human-induced habitat change on wildlife distribution and abundance.
  8. The scope and roles of a wildlife manager.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Lectures, laboratories/field practicals

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
Laboratory WorkField and laboratory reports30%
AssignmentEssay and group presentations30%
ExaminationEnd of semester examination40%

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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