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BIO441 Wildlife Management (8)

Abstract

This subject teaches the principles and practice of wildlife management, focusing on Australian case studies in an array of biogeographical settings. It discusses the main ecological concepts fundamental to a thorough understanding of population dynamics, distribution and abundance, habitat assessment and management strategies of animals. The intention of this subject is to provide students with the necessary theoretical, conceptual and practical skills required to manage wildlife populations in Australia.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to students in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Science (Captive Vertebrate Management), or a subject in an approved option/minor strand with approval of the appropriate Course Co-Ordinator.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- understand the ecological principles underlying wildlife management;
- be familiar with the dynamics of several Australian wildlife populations and the factors affecting their distribution and abundance;
- demonstrate skills in wildlife survey and habitat assessment;
- demonstrate an understanding of the use and limitations of various techniques and technologies available to the wildlife manager;
- appreciate the differences among the various forms of wildlife management; and
- design, produce and critically examine wildlife management programs for natural environments.

Syllabus

The subject will cover the following topics:
- definitions and principles of wildlife management in Australia; - theoretical underpinning of population ecology - genetics, evolution and extinction, biogeography, cycles, trophic levels, communities and populations; - concepts of niche and habitat; - understanding the resource base; - population dynamics - parameters, growth, harvesting and sustained yields, modelling; - types of wildlife management and manipulation - pest animals, rare and endangered species, maximum diversity, direct manipulations, indirect population controls; and - development and examination of wildlife management programs.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 4 day residential school.

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 20 October 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.