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MSc (Wild Animal Biology) Course Outline 1. Awarding institution University of London 2. Teaching institution The Royal Veterinary College (RVC, University of London) and Institute of Zoology (IoZ, Zoological Society of London) 3. Programme accredited by N/A 4. Final award Master of Science (Wild Animal Biology) 5. Programme Title Wild Animal Biology 6. Date of First Intake October Frequency of Intake Annually in September 8. Duration and Mode(s) of Study One calendar year and Full time 9. Timing of Examination Board meetings Annually in September 10. Date of Last Periodic Review 2007/ Date of Next Periodic Review 2012/ UCAS code N/A 13. JACS Code D Relevant QAA subject benchmark group(s) N/A 15. Reference points N/A 16. 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Knowledge and understanding of: the biological principles underpinning wildlife disease and conservation studies field, conservation and pathological techniques in wild animals conservation biology including population ecology epidemiology, diagnosis, pathology and control of wildlife disease, the ecology of infectious agents in wild animal populations and veterinary interventions in wildlife (including social, welfare, ethical and legal aspects) management and sustainable utilisation of captive and free-living wild animals (including husbandry, breeding and nutrition), and the preventive medicine of captive and free-living wild animals wildlife research methodology B. Cognitive (thinking) skills: Planning Logic and reasoning Comprehension Visual and auditory processing Long-term memory Students acquire knowledge and understanding through participation in: lectures scientific presentations problem-based learning (PBL) organised visits to sites of special interest off campus Assessment by: Students cognitive skills are developed / reinforced through active participation in: lectures scientific presentations problem-based learning PBL Assessment by: C. Practical skills: Basic competence in management techniques for wild animals Scientific skills, including critical review of the scientific literature, and design, execution and analysis of laboratory or field studies Students learn practical skills through active participation in: individual research project Assessment: Competence in Pathological Procedures, Zoo Management and Wild Animal Conservation and Management Check List 2 D.4. Key skills: communication skills group work skills personal skills interpersonal skills organisational skills teaching and training skills learning skills information gathering and analytical skills problem solving skills language skills information technology skills entrepreneurial skills regular interaction with course directors, lecturers, peers preparation of scientific presentations PBL population census field work / practical classes use of computer software in the preparation of scientific presentations (MS PowerPoint), casebook write-up and research project report (literature searching, MS Word), analysis of field and experimental data (SPSS, MS Excel), group report writing in PBL (WIKKI) planning individual research project Assessment: Competence in Pathological Procedures, Zoo Management and Wild Animal Conservation and Management Check List 18. Programme structures and requirements, levels, modules, credits and awards Part I: Postgraduate Certificate in Wild Animal Biology Introductory week: You will be introduced to the Course objectives, the mission of the partner organizations running the Course, and the services you can receive at the ZSL and the RVC. Module 1. Conservation Biology: You will develop a conceptual understanding of which species and populations are vulnerable to extinction, how we can monitor their population dynamics and how resources to conserve species can be allocated most successfully using a scientific approach. Structure: Lectures, Practicals, Scientific Presentations, two PBLs, a visit to Whipsnade Zoo for a census Module 2. The Impact of Disease on Populations: The effects of diseases on populations can be complex but even subtle influences can markedly unbalance free-living and captive populations of wild animals. 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However, given the need to understand complex ecological systems, the disease risks of manipulating them and the potential stress of intervention methods, such activities require detailed planning, highly skilled input and scientific evaluation to ensure lessons are learned. Using real examples this module will help you to develop a conceptual understanding of intervention methodology. Awards: Upon satisfactory completion of modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 and 60 credits, the certificate is awarded Part II: Postgraduate Diploma in Wild Animal Biology Module 5. Detection Surveillance and Emerging Disease: Morbidity and mortality in free-living populations of wild animals are difficult to detect and monitor given ecosystem processes and the bias of convenience sampling strategies. In this module you will learn about the complex methods required to detect and monitor changes in endemic diseases, detect emergent diseases, and interpret the findings in a scientific manner. Module 6. Ecosystem Health: The strong interdependence between the health of people, their domestic animals and free-living wildlife (the one-health concept) is a rapidly advancing field of scientific inquiry as illustrated by studies on globally emergent zoonoses and the health of ocean fauna. Here, you will develop your understanding of this concept through examining these examples and how they have developed policy changes. Structure: Lectures, Scientific Presentations and one PBL Module 7. Evaluation of the Health and Welfare of Captive Wild Animals: In the Certificate you will have gained a critical understanding of the management and preventive medical care required to maintain healthy populations. In this module we investigate the scientific evaluation of wild animal welfare and critically analyse the relationship of health with both reproduction and nutrition. Structure: Lectures, Practicals, Scientific Presentations and two PBLs Module 8. Practical: This module covers the complex set of skills required to effectively maintain healthy captive populations of wild animals, and to monitor and intervene in the health of free-living populations. You will gain a conceptual and practical understanding of critical aspects of pharmacology and anaesthesia, pathology, and remote monitoring of wild animals. Structure: Rotations - Zoo Animal Management rotations at London and Whipsnade Zoos or Wild Animal Conservation and Management rotations at external institutions Requirements: certificate 4 Awards: upon satisfactory completion of the certificate, modules 5, 6, 7 and 8 and 120 credits, the Diploma is awarded Part III: MSc in Wild Animal Biology Module 9. 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