Principles of Wildlife Management

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Principles of Wildlife Management

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Studies, Wildlife Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Recommended prerequisite: ANIM1005 or AGRC2010 or BIOL2660

    This course requires additional faculty approval for entry.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Principles of wildlife management, social context, modes of population growth, ecological principles on which wildlife management relies, management of pests & critically endangered populations, adaptive management.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. describe the features of the wildlife management process, and be able to articulate the role of science in it
    2. discuss the modes of population growth and their relationship to resources
    3. construct a conceptual model describing the growth of a wild population
    4. explain the adaptive management process as it applies to wildlife management
    5. design a field investigation to collect data on a wildlife management problem
    6. describe the factors that affect the distribution and abundance of wild populations
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Contact hour
    Field Report Project Proposal
    Type: Project Plan
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 5
    Due Date: Early Semester
    Weight: 15%
    Task Description: You are required to write a short proposal for the study you will carry out and write up for assignment 2. The proposal should include a title for your proposed study, the question(s) you will answer with your study and the methods you intend to use for the study.
    The methods section must be sufficient to determine if the proposed methods are feasible and will answer the research question, this includes the number of samples you intend to take and your study locations as well as the techniques you will use. The methods section should also include a signed copy of your group agreement statement a template for which you can find on blackboard (if you are not working as part of a group you should still include this form but tick the box that states that you are working alone to collect data). Ensure that you have read the task description and assessment criteria for assignment 2 and attended or watched the tutorial information about your assignment before writing your proposal.
    Your proposal must include a section where you have identified;
    1. Possible occupational health and safety considerations and mitigation methods you will put in place during your study
    2. A statement of how you will remain within the animal research ethical guidelines. You should refer to the project task description for assignment 2 when framing this section of your proposal.
    3. A map of your proposed study area. This should show how you will obtain access to the site.
    4. If you are conducting your study on private land you must include written consent from the owner to carry out your study. An example of a consent letter is available on BlackBoard.
    Feedback will be provided for assignment on Blackboard and feedback should be taken into account and address before proceeding with your second assignment.
    Report on Field Data Collection Exercise
    Type: Field Report
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 3, 4, 5, 6
    Due Date: Mid-Late Semester
    Weight: 35%
    Task Description: You have been approached by a local government planner that is reassessing the zoning of land in their local area and wants to know how this is likely to impact on their requirements to conserve a range of bird species. Your assignment is to assess the effect of urbanisation and land development on the bird assemblages. You are to find a gradient of land uses and survey birds in at least five places along that gradient in the same landscape. The gradient of landscape use will begin at:
    • Pristine or natural. This may be a national park or nature reserve.
    • Relatively Natural. This may be a state forest or other ?bushland? area that has been modified to some small degree from its original state.
    • Moderately modified. This will be a farm or other agricultural land.
    • Highly modified. This will be semi-rural urban areas close to the fringe of a city. These will be usually 3-5 acre allotments with a single dwelling on each allotment.
    • Extremely modified. This will be a suburban landscape characterised by either single dwellings on urban house blocks or medium density dwellings of up to 4 stories.
    You are to come up with one or several research questions and design and carry out a study to answer these questions. Your final assessment piece will be in the form of a scientific paper reporting on your study. You can focus on all species or pick a subset of a minimum of 10 species that are found in your Pristine or natural site (1) on the gradient and evaluate these species throughout the rest of the gradient.
    To accomplish this task you will have to; find and appropriate place(s) for your data collection, determine what data you will need to collect, devise a feasible data collection program, collect and analyse your data, present your findings. The final report should not be longer than 3500 words and should be written in the format of a scientific paper from Wildlife Research. Consult a recent volume of that journal and closely follow the format. In tutorials in week 3 you will review some scientific papers to better understand how to write a scientific report.
    No matter what research question(s) you are asking or the methodology you employ to answer them, you must not, under any circumstances, approach, interfere with, capture, handle or disturb the birds. To do so would be unethical and in breach of University and legislative requirements. You must always be a passive observer. You cannot actively manipulate any situation.
    You may collect data in small groups but you must analyse the results independently and write an independent report. If collecting data as part of a group you are required to develop and sign a group work agreement contract and submit a copy of this agreement with your first assignment. Breeches to this contract should be brought up with the course coordinator and will result in a discussion with all group members and a possible deduction of marks. Feedback will be provided via Blackboard.
    End of Semester Exam
    Type: Exam - during Exam Period (Central)
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Due Date: Examination Period
    Weight: 50%
    Reading: 10 minutes
    Duration: 120 minutes
    Format: Short answer, Short essay, Extended essay
    Task Description: This examination will cover all the material from this semester. Please consult the examination schedule for the date, time and location. You will need to take a scientific calculator with you to the exam.

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