Animal Behaviour and Wildlife BiologyAnglia Ruskin University
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- Bachelor's degree
- Cambridge (Inghilterra)
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Skills and Training
This course will help you seek answers to some of the big environmental questions today - questions around wildlife conservation and ecological sustainability. Sharing many common elements with our Animal Behaviour degree, it also provides a good grounding in the main aspects of Wildlife Biology.
Key to this degree is the drawing together of a number of diverse disciplines, from physiology to wildlife management, into a coherent and, above all, relevant programme. You will learn about scientific research: how to test theories by experiment and field study. You will be taught by staff who have extensive experience of wildlife research in many parts of the world - and the chance to take part in a number of self-funded field trips means you will have the opportunity to put your new skills to the test.
The study of wildlife biology will introduce you to the biology of higher vertebrates, particularly birds and mammals. It will equip you with the field methods needed to study wildlife and provide an understanding of population ecology and wildlife management. You will learn about the habitat requirements of populations and the consequences of habitat loss and habitat degradation. The scientific understanding of approaches to management will be reinforced by studying the ecology of species, communities, and ecosystems.
Our understanding of the behaviour of other animals has flourished over recent decades. Yet the discipline still presents many challenges and is set to provide some of the major scientific breakthroughs of the 21st Century.
Year one core modules
- Core Biology
- Introduction to Animal Behaviour & Welfare
- British Wildlife and Conservation
- Animal Behaviour in Context
- Animal Form and Function
Year two core modules
- Practical Biodiversity
- Practical Biology
- Preparation for Research
- Concepts in Animal Behaviour
Year three core modules
- Population Ecology & Wildlife Management
- Wildlife Management & Conservation
- Undergraduate Project
- Behavioural Ecology
- Advanced Topics in Behavioural Ecology
Year two optional modules
- Animal Ecophysiology
- Biological Bases of Behaviour
- Vertebrate Biology
- Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare
- Communities and Ecosystems.
Year three optional modules
- Biological Conservation
- Behaviour and Management of Zoo Animals
- Countryside Management
- Special Topics in Animal Behaviour
Hands-on practical classes and field trips form a significant part of the teaching of this degree, in addition to more traditional lectures, seminars and active learning sessions. The methods of learning and teaching focus on the development of knowledge, academic and transferable skills, including an awareness of moral and ethical issues related to the subject of the degree. Lecturing staff and tutors aim to promote the personal and academic development of students and to provide flexible and accessible approaches to learning and knowledge which will contribute to the employability of graduates.
Modules are assessed in a variety of ways. Most are a mix of written assessments, computer-based assessments and written examinations. Additional methods of assessment may include spoken presentations, posters, portfolios and workbooks. Generally, written examinations have a higher weighting in Year 3, but all modules include a coursework component.
Career opportunities: This degree provides you with the specialised skills required to work as a professional in the disciplines of animal behaviour and wildlife conservation and management. The programme also provides a very good general training as a scientist, enabling you to work in the field or in the laboratory for a wide range of organisations. Potential employers include: zoos; animal training specialists; government agencies; environmental consultancies; wildlife conservation organisations; and educational and research establishments. The course may also lead on to further postgraduate study or research.