ENVB40320 Wildlife Management/Conservation (On-line)

Academic Year 2023/2024

Michael Soulé wrote that conservation biology is a crisis discipline. To start, we will explore the threats to wildlife past, present and future. We will then look at some of the tools that are used to help quell the crisis to conserve life on earth. The module content is based around interviews with experts in the field supplemented with weekly reading and assessment. The online discussion board serves to help you engage with your classmates throughout the module.

The weekly assessments are based around data analysis in R and agent-based modelling in NetLogo. While no background experience in either of these programs is necessary some computer/ coding skills would be advantageous.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students will:

detail the history of how humans have altered the distribution and abundance of life on earth
recognize the main threats to wildlife in the 21st century
describe the strategies conservationists use to tackle these threats
implement the latest quantitative tools that conservation scientists rely on

Indicative Module Content:

1. Overkill
2. Anthropocene and land use change
3. Climate Change
4. Pollution
5. Invasive species
6. Direct exploitation of organisms/ poaching
7. Home range analysis
8. Population Models
9. Rewilding
10. Human-wildlife conflict
11. Counting populations

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Case-based learning
Problem-based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Contribution to online discussion forum Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Continuous Assessment: Weekly computer based or written exercises. Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Wildlife ecology, conservation, and management
by Fryxell, John M; Sinclair, A. R. E; & Caughley, Graeme
Wiley desktop editions, 2014, Third edition
Available as an e-book via the UCD library