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An overview of the indigenous flora and fauna of New Zealand, including their biogeographic origins, the unique and unusual aspects of native organisms, the makeup of native communities, and their interactions with introduced organisms. Emphasis will be placed on the role of biological invaders in modifying New Zealand ecosystems.
What’s not to love about New Zealand’s biodiversity? In this course, students interested in the ecology, evolution, conservation of New Zealand plants and animals are provided with an overview of New Zealand’s biogeographic origins, the unique and unusual aspects of native species, their interactions with introduced species, and the makeup of native communities. These topics will help students to understand what is so special about New Zealand’s biodiversity, as well as the challenges that it is facing. This knowledge provides a framework for other courses with a focus on ecology, evolution, and conservation. Students will also learn biodiversity monitoring skills as part of field work on campus and in Riccarton Bush. The data that they generate during this field work will be used inform the UC campus development plan. Finally, students will learn literature-research skills by writing a case study on an invasive species in New Zealand.
As a Student in this Course, I will develop the ability:to describe the processes that lead to the evolution and development of the New Zealand flora and fauna (assessment tasks: online tests and final exam; Critically competent);to understand the effects of human activities on the past and current states of New Zealand’s biodiversity, and on its future (assessment tasks: online tests, literature review, final exam; Critically competent; Biculturally competent and confident);to understand the factors that have led to the decline in biodiversity and the importance of biosecurity in maintaining the remaining biodiversity (assessment tasks: online tests, literature review, final exam; Globally aware);to be able to identify key components of the local flora and fauna in the field (assessment tasks: field trip and lab report; Employable, innovative and enterprising);to be able to access the primary scientific literature reviewing the current state of knowledge on any species of plant or animal in New Zealand (assessment task: literature review; Critically competent; Employable, innovative and enterprising; Biculturally competent and confident);to discuss the importance of considering all stakeholders in conservation studies of taonga species (assessment tasks: literature review, online tests, final exam; Biculturally competent and confident);to discuss how Māori colonisation of NZ led to substantial loss of forest cover and extinction of wildlife, and then how this was continued (to present) by subsequent European colonisation (assessment tasks: literature review, online tests, final exam; Biculturally competent and c confident; Globally aware);to become familiar with and use Māori, English and scientific names when communicating about New Zealand biota (assessment tasks: literature review, online tests, lab report, final exam; Critically competent; Employable, innovative and enterprising; Biculturally competent and confident).Transferable Skills RegisterAs a Student in this Course, you will develop the following skills:The ability to search peer-reviewed literature and write a review of the primary scientific literature on an invasive plant or animal and its impact on the native New Zealand biota. (Critically competent; Employable, innovative and enterprising)A knowledge of the basics of plant and animal identification in the field, as well as simple practical skills in the survey of biodiversity. (Critically competent; Employable, innovative and enterprising)An understanding of the diversity of the New Zealand flora and fauna, how it arose, and the current threats to its survival. (Critically competent; Biculturally competent and confident
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Domestic fee $910.00
International fee $4,438.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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