Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4268 Scientific Communication in Biodiversity and Conservation

(BL4268 online module handbook version 27)

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This module will focus on the scientific problems associated with the conservation and sustainable use of animals and plants, and on the way in which scientific advice on these issues is provided. Initial lectures will cover sustainable development and the precautionary principle; the causes of extinction; the economics of conservation; management of exploitation; and estimating species richness. After this student-led seminars will cover a range of more specialist issues of current concern. Practical work on population viability analysis, classifying populations using the IUCN criteria, and species richness estimation may be included.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 2

Module Organiser
Dr Maria Dornelas
maadd@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463324
Pre-requisite Modules:
BEFORE TAKING THIS MODULE YOU MUST PASS BL3309*
Anti-requisite Modules:
None*
Post-requisite Modules:
*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk      Tel: 01334  463602

BL4268: Timetable

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tutorial
workshop
practical
other

Semester 2: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
05-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theater D
Dr Maria Dornelas

Lecture L1: Introduction: journalism and seminars. Importance of biodiversity
2017-8_BL4268_L1
Friday
09-02-2018
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theater A
Dr Maria Dornelas

Lecture L2: Biodiversity
2017-8_BL4268_L2

Semester 2: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
13-02-2018
11:00 to 13:00
St Mary's College
Lecture room 1
Dr Maria Dornelas

Workshop W1: Journalism workshop
2017-8_BL4268_W1

Semester 2: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
19-02-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Dyers Brae
seminar room 2
Dr Maria Dornelas

Lecture L3: Species richness and abundance
2017-8_BL4268_L3
Tuesday
20-02-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Dyers Brae
seminar room 2
Dr Maria Dornelas

Lecture L4: Extinction
2017-8_BL4268_L4

Semester 2: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
26-02-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
room C28
Dr Maria Dornelas

Lecture L5: Horizon scanning
2017-8_BL4268_L5

Semester 2: Week 6

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
05-03-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Dyers Brae
seminar room 2
Dr Maria Dornelas

Tutorial T1: 5 min talks
2017-8_BL4268_T1
Tuesday
06-03-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Dyers Brae
seminar room 2
Dr Maria Dornelas

Tutorial T2: 5 min talks
2017-8_BL4268_T2

Semester 2: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
12-03-2018
13:00 to 15:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theater D
Dr Maria Dornelas

Workshop W2: Conservation practice
2017-8_BL4268_W2
with Neil Birnie of Conservation Capital
Tuesday
13-03-2018
09:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
room C28
Dr Maria Dornelas

Tutorial T3: 5 min talks
2017-8_BL4268_T3
Thursday
15-03-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
Lecture Theatre D
Dr Katrina Falkenberg
Dr Maria Dornelas
Lecture L6: Tools for science communication
2017-8_BL4268_L6

Reading Week: 17-Mar-2018 to 01-Apr-2018

Semester 2: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
16-04-2018
10:00 to 13:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
seminar room 2
Dr Maria Dornelas
Prof Anne Magurran
Tutorial T4: 10 min talks
2017-8_BL4268_T4
Thursday
19-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
Lecture theatre D
Dr Maria Dornelas
Prof Anne Magurran
Tutorial T5: 10 min talks
2017-8_BL4268_T5

Semester 2: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
26-04-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Dyers Brae
seminar room 2
Dr Maria Dornelas
Dr Maria Dornelas
Prof Anne Magurran
Tutorial T6: 10 min talks
2017-8_BL4268_T6
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4268: Reading List

Click for BL4268 reading list

BL4268: Assessment

Coursework = 100%*

(MMS assessment data cached: 28 March 2018 22:20:20.)


The following related information applies to all Biology modules:

School of Biology Marking Criteria: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Late submission of continuous assessment work:

All late submissions of coursework that do not require electronic submission should be made via the late submissions box in the Biomolecular Science Building (beside the Teaching Office)
Exam details: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Exam timetable: see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/academic/examinations/examtimetablescurrent/
Expected attendance: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook for detailed attendance requirements.
Good Academic Practice & Avoiding Academic Misconduct: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
University Student Handbook: University Student Handbook
School and University regulations in the School and University Undergraduate Handbook relating to absence reporting, penalties and rules for late submission of work, extensions for coursework, return of coursework, S-coding, good academic practice and Academic Alerts.: School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook University Student Handbook
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Who to ask

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)

Questions about different aspects of the module should be directed to different people:

Questions about Contact
General teaching matters Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )
Rescheduled or cancelled events Check your University email
Lecture or practical content The lecturer who presented the material
Completing assessed practical assignments The lecturer who set the assignment
Completing assessments Module Organiser (Dr Maria Dornelas maadd@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Dr Maria Dornelas maadd@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Dr Maria Dornelas maadd@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Dr Maria Dornelas maadd@st-andrews.ac.uk) and the Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )

Difficulties with academic progress which impact more than one module:

Year Coordinator

See School of Biology Undergraduate student handbook for list: http://biology.st-andrews.ac.uk/documents/UndergraduateHandbook.pdf

Overall performance, progress or future directions:

Advisor of Studies

Disability:

Disability Coordinator (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Biology Teaching Office:

The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tel: 01334 463602

BL4268: Contributing Staff

Dr Maria Dornelas

Dr Maria Dornelas
(Module Organiser)

MASTS Lecturermaadd@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Maria DornelasDr Maria Dornelas
(Module Organiser)
MASTS Lecturermaadd@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Katrina FalkenbergDr Katrina FalkenbergScience Communication and Outreach Officerkjf5@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Anne MagurranProf Anne MagurranProfessoraem1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4268: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL4268 successfully should be able to:

  • Develop informed opinions on conservation and biological diversity.
  • Read critically and synthese diverse views in the biodiversity and conservation literature.
  • Interpret a broad range of analytical tools needed to assess biodiversity trends and conservation success.
  • Communicate scientific information effectively to different audiences orally and in writing.
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4268: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

    Transferable Skills

    • Group discussion - participating
    • Short individual presentation on given topic (up to 15 min)
    • Science journalism piece aimed at general audience
    • Wikipedia article
    • Critically evaluating sources/information
    • Peer assessment
    Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
    Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
    * University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
    School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
    University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

    Policies

    (Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)