Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Biological Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr David Chapple


This unit deals with threats to the environment associated with human activities and potential solutions to redress their impacts. Recent losses of biota have been caused by habitat loss and degradation, climate change and pollution, the introduction of exotic species and overexploitation of natural resources. Science-based conservation measures are explored that may reduce loss of biodiversity/ecosystem function, including habitat preservation and restoration, combating climate change, and intensive conservation of species. We analyse how conservation efforts may involve trade-offs with biological, economic, social and political factors.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the key environmental issues facing humankind and outline the role that humans play in environmental degradation and species extinction;

  1. Evaluate and compare the conservation techniques that can be used to restore habitats and ecosystem function;

  1. Appraise the special problems involved in attempting to conserve endangered species;

  1. Integrate complex political, economic and social issues to formulate effective conservation outcomes;

  1. Present and communicate conservation issues to the general public and other stakeholders in written and oral formats.


Theory examination (2 hours): 50%
Waterbirds practical written assignment: 15%
Conservation Forum stakeholder position statement and group representation: 20%
Extinction risk and Captive Management popular science article: 15%

Workload requirements

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical (or equivalent)

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


24 points of level one units; except for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental Engineering who are exempt from this rule


ENV2726, BIO2042