Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4268 Science Communication of Biodiversity and Conservation

(BL4268 online module handbook version 42)

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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 Miguel Barbosa
mb334@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463341
Pre-requisite Modules:
Before taking this module you must pass BL3309*
Anti-requisite Modules:
*
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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lecture
tutorial
workshop
practical
other

Semester 2: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
04-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Bute Lecture Theatre A
Dr Miguel Barbosa

Lecture L1: Introduction: journalism and seminars. Importance of biodiversity
2018-9_BL4268_L1
Friday
08-02-2019
10:00 to 11:00
Bute Building
Bute Lecture Theatre A
Dr Miguel Barbosa

Lecture L2: Biodiversity
2018-9_BL4268_L2

Semester 2: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
12-02-2019
11:00 to 13:00
Dyers Brae
Seminar room
Dr Miguel Barbosa

Lecture L3: Species richness and Abundance
2018-9_BL4268_L3

Semester 2: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
18-02-2019
09:00 to 10:00
Dyers Brae
Seminar room
Dr.NeilBirnie
n.birnie@conservation-capital.com
Workshop W1: Neil Birnie
2018-9_BL4268_W1
Invited guest from Conservation Capital
Tuesday
19-02-2019
14:00 to 16:00
Bute Building
Lecturer Theatre A
Dr.AlinaLoth
al75@st-andrews.ac.uk
Workshop W2: Alina Loth
2018-9_BL4268_W2

Semester 2: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
25-02-2019
09:00 to 11:00
Dyers Brae
Seminar Room
Dr Miguel Barbosa

Workshop W3: Journalism workshop
2018-9_BL4268_W3

Semester 2: Week 6

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
04-03-2019
09:00 to 11:00
Dyers Brae
seminar room 2
Dr.KatrinaFalkenberg
kjf5@st-andrews.ac.uk
Workshop W4: Katrina Falkenberg
2018-9_BL4268_W4
Tools for science communication

Reading Week: 16-Mar-2019 to 31-Mar-2019

Semester 2: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
01-04-2019
14:00 to 16:00
Bute Building
Lecturer Theatre A
Dr Miguel Barbosa

Practical P1: 5 min talk
2018-9_BL4268_P1
Tuesday
02-04-2019
14:00 to 16:00
Bute Building
Lecturer Theatre A
Dr Miguel Barbosa

Practical P2: 5 min talk
2018-9_BL4268_P2
Wednesday
03-04-2019
14:00 to 16:00
Biomedical Sciences Building
Lecturer Theatre A
Dr Miguel Barbosa

Practical P3: 5 min talk
2018-9_BL4268_P3

Semester 2: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
15-04-2019
10:00 to 13:00
Dyers Brae
Seminar Room
Dr Miguel Barbosa

Lecture L4: Species richness and Abundance II
2018-9_BL4268_L4
Thursday
18-04-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
Lecture theatre D
Dr Miguel Barbosa

Practical P4: 10 min talks
2018-9_BL4268_P4

Semester 2: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
25-04-2019
11:00 to 13:00
Bute Building
Lecturer Theatre A
Dr Miguel Barbosa

Practical P5: 10 min talks
2018-9_BL4268_P5
Thursday
25-04-2019
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
Lecturer Theatre A
Dr Miguel Barbosa

Practical P6: 10 min talk
2018-9_BL4268_P6
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: Assessment

Coursework = 100%*

(MMS assessment data cached: 15 February 2019 23:20:13.)


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 Miguel Barbosa mb334@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Dr Miguel Barbosa mb334@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Dr Miguel Barbosa mb334@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Dr Miguel Barbosa mb334@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)

For advice and support on any issue e.g. academic, financial, international, personal or health matters, or if you are unsure of who to go to for help:

Advice & Support Centre

Address: 79 North Street, St Andrews

Email: theasc@st-andrews.ac.uk

Web: https://www.standrews.ac.uk/ask-a-question/

Tel: 01334 462020

University assistance with urgent matters out of office hours:

Tel: 01334 476161

Web: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/advice/counselling/incrisis/

Biology Teaching Office:

We are happy to hear from you about teaching matters. The School of Biology Teaching Office is open Monday to Friday 09.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 17.00. School of Biology staff will respond to your emails during these hours. Our team will provide a response to you within three working days.

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 463602/3566

BL4268: Contributing Staff

Dr Miguel Barbosa

Dr Miguel Barbosa
(Module Organiser)

Associate Lecturer (Education Focussed)mb334@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Miguel BarbosaDr Miguel Barbosa
(Module Organiser)
Associate Lecturer (Education Focussed)mb334@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)