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WLF2101 Management of Wildlife

Semester 1, 2022 External
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 18 May 2022

Staffing

Examiner: Meg Edwards

Overview

Management of wildlife firstly requires an understanding of what wildlife is and why wildlife species are not equally important, and to appreciate this, students will be introduced to the diversity, abundance and distribution of native and introduced terrestrial wildlife in Australia. Furthermore, this course will introduce students to the knowledge and skills that are required for different types of wildlife management, and in particular the tools and methods that they will use in later courses and as professional wildlife managers after graduation.

This course provides a general introduction and overview of wildlife management. The course focusses on iconic, important (ecologically, socially, economically), abundant and vulnerable to extinction wildlife species - why some species populations have increased in abundance and distribution and other species have decreased. Key aspects of wildlife management as a means of conserving, utilising, and controlling wildlife will be discussed. The strengths and limitations of different types of survey techniques, as a key component of wildlife management, will be introduced. Issues examined include the impacts of introduced species, agricultural and forestry practices, and climate change on wildlife species. Special attention is given to the growing importance of managing human-wildlife conflict.

To gain these skills and knowledge students are strongly encouraged to attend a highly recommended three day residential school. During the three day residential school students will be introduced to the use of different basic survey tools and laboratory classes on how to identify common species of Australian wildlife using binoculars, scats, tracks, skulls and other traces.

This course contains a highly recommended residential school.

Course learning outcomes

  1. Define what is wildlife and why wildlife is important;
  2. Explain the different types of wildlife management, and why wildlife needs be conserved, utilised or controlled;
  3. Identify and describe why some wildlife species are iconic, important (ecologically, socially, economically), abundant or vulnerable to extinction;
  4. Discuss the origins of wildlife in Australia and the processes involved in determining their distribution and abundance;
  5. Explain the impacts of introduced species, agricultural and forestry practices, and climate change on native wildlife species;
  6. Describe the different types of survey methods used by wildlife managers;
  7. Discuss the different types of legislation that controls and defines wildlife; and
  8. Describe the processes involved in managing human-wildlife conflict.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. What is wildlife and wildlife management? 15.00
2. Legislation and wildlife 10.00
3. Why and which wildlife species are iconic, important (ecologically, socially, economically), abundant or vulnerable to extinction? 25.00
4. The origins of wildlife in Australia and the processes involved in determining their distribution and abundance 10.00
5. Survey methods for wildlife – an introduction 20.00
6. Identifying wildlife by sight, sound, scats, skulls, traces, tracks 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Triggs, Barbara 2004, Tracks, scats and other traces. A field guide to Australian Mammals, Oxford University Press, Australia.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Assessment
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Portfolio A1 of 2 No 5 1
Assignments Written Report No 30 6
Assignments Written Portfolio A2 of 2 No 20 1,3,4,5,7
Assignments Oral Presentation (ind, grp, mltmd) No 10 1,3,4,5,7
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 35 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Date printed 18 May 2022