ENVSC502-21A (HAM)

Conservation and Restoration: Theory and Practice

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science
Environmental Science


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Paper Description

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This paper presents general scientific principles of conservation and restoration, and explores some specific problems of managing species and ecosystems impacted by human activities and invasive organisms, with particular reference to New Zealand.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through a series of compulsory seminars, in which we will discuss several research papers assigned as readings for that week. Students will be rostered to either (a) present a brief audiovisual talk on one of the papers, or (b) fill out a class preparation form about one of the week's papers.

The assessment schedule below incorrectly shows the internal assessment/exam ratio as 50:50. From 2021 the exam will make up 40 % of the overall mark, not 50 %.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to critically read and analyse scientific literature.
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  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate scientific ideas and information clearly and concisely
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  • Synthesize scientific ideas and information from multiple sources.
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of scientific principles of conservation and ecological restoration.
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  • Apply scientific principles of conservation and ecological restoration to novel problems.
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All components of this paper are compulsory.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 40% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 40% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Weekly participation
2 Mar 2021
10:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Presentation: In Class
2. Critique of restoration plan
20 Apr 2021
10:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Mock peer review
27 Apr 2021
10:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Practice exam questions.
30 May 2021
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access pdfs of lecture notes and powerpoints, lecture recordings, and reading material. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.

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Session attendance 22 h

Readings for seminars, powerpoint preparation 44 h

Restoration plan critique 5 h

Mock peer review 6 h

Practice exam questions 3 h

Exam preparation 40 h

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite papers: BIOEB202 or one of BIOEB303, BIOEB304, BIOEB305




Restricted papers: BIOL573

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