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6AE123 Boreal conservation and management

Learning outcomes

A candidate with fulfilled qualifications will have the following learning outcome:

Knowledge:

The candidate

  • has in-depth knowledge of conservation biology. Specifically, the estimation and importance of biodiversity
  • has knowledge of the major threats to biodiversity
  • has knowledge of protection of biodiversity and sustainable development.
  • has knowledge of how to design and carry out a simple field based study to investigate biodiversity in an area.
  • has knowledge of how humans value natural resources whether for harvesting, conservation or other management issues  
  • has knowledge of how sustainable management can contribute to conservation

 Skills:

The candidate

  • can read and understand scientific literature dealing with conservation biology and critically evaluate and discuss the results in written and oral form.
  • can synthesize and present a conservation biology article/topic in public.
  • understand the challenges of designing and carry out a simple field based study to investigate biodiversity in an area.

General competence:

The candidate

  • can work independently and in a team on written and oral presentations
  • can read scientific literature and critically evaluate and discuss the results in written and oral form
  • knows how to synthesize and present a scientific article/topic in Public and evaluate the prosess of Research planning, field work, and Reporting

Course content

  • Conservation biology
  • Sustainable management
  • Levels of biodiversity, different values of biodiversity
  • Threats to biodiversity: habitat change, pollution and climate change, overexploitation, invasive species, extinctions
  • Mitigation of threats: habitat restoration/improvement, rewilding, in situ/ ex-situ Conservation, protected areas
  • Use of biodiversity: harvesting, ecosystem services, management systems
  • Sustainable development

Teaching and working methods

Teaching though a mix of lectures, field work, student presentations and report writing 

Coursework requirements

Oral presentation

Examination

  • written report (40% of final grade)
  • oral exam (60% of final grade)

Grading according to ECTS-system on scale A-E for passed and F for failed. Both exams must be passed in order to pass the course.