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Biodiversity & Bioresources (4 points)


Leader: Dr Dennis O'Dowd

Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: Provides a foundation for conservation and management of genetic, species, and ecosystem diversity. Topics include the origins and unfolding of life on earth, and the processes that have led to its current distribution and diversity; controversies surrounding the state of knowledge of present-day biodiversity, the means of measuring it, and the magnitude of losses resulting from human activities; the value of biological diversity, primarily in terms of ecosystems 'services' and as bioresources; and, policy issues surrounding biodiversity and its management.

Assessment: Mid-semester theory examination (1 hour): 25% + Final theory examination (1 hour): 25% + Practical: one written report (1200 words): 20% + One essay (1200 words): 15% + Quizzes on practical exercises: 15%

Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical

Prohibitions: BIO2031, ENV2726 + Available only to BEnvEng students

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