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This course addresses contemporary issues in conservation genetics with a strong emphasis on the conservation genetic management of threatened captive and wild populations in partnership with relevant iwi, hapu and Maori trusts, and in collaboration with diverse stakeholders including relevant conservation agencies, conservation trusts and community groups. Topics include the genetic consequences of small population size, intra- and interspecific hybridisation, and the resolution of taxonomic uncertainties.
Graduate Profile | Āhuatanga TāuraAs a student in this course, I will develop these UC Graduate Attributes (GP) including Bicultural competence and confidence (BiCC) Kaupapa (K):GP1 Critically competent in a core academic discipline.GP2 Employable, innovative and enterprising.GP3 BiCC: K1 A process of self-reflection on the nature of ‘knowledge’ and ‘norms’; K2 The nature of contemporary Māori organisational structures; K3 Traditional and contemporary realities of Māori society; K4 The Treaty of Waitangi and Aotearoa New Zealand’s bicultural history; K5 The process of colonisation and globalization; K6 Other indigenous models of development, knowledge and behaviours; K7 Application of bicultural competence and confidence in a chosen discipline or career.GP5 Globally aware.Course Learning Outcomes | Hua Akoranga and Associated Assessment | AromatawaiAs a student in this course, I will develop the ability to:demonstrate an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages, limitations and uses of genetic data to address issues of conservation concern. (assessment tasks: tweets, group presentation, final exam)effectively communicate contemporary issues in conservation genetics including the genetic consequences of small population size, intra- and interspecific hybridisation, and the resolution of taxonomic uncertainties to Treaty partners and diverse stakeholders. (assessment tasks: tweets, presentation, final exam)Transferable Skills Register | Pūkenga Ngaio and Associated Assessment | AromatawaiAs a student in this course, I will develop the following skills:Synthesising information. In everyday life and in many job situations you will be required to read information from different sources, construct your own understanding and shape your own viewpoint. This skill will be developed during seminar discussions when answering questions from selected readings, following seminar discussion when formulating social media contributions, and during preparation for a formal presentation that will provide specific conservation genetic management advice to a diverse group of end-users.Analysing and interpreting conservation genetic data. Important for research, as well as in a number of private- and public-sector organisations. This skill will predominantly be developed when answering questions from selected readings.Effective verbal communication of conservation genetic theory and principles to diverse end-users. Expressing yourself clearly and concisely is important when you are attending meetings, having a telephone conversation, giving presentations, or teaching/training. This skill will predominantly be developed following seminar discussion when formulating social media contributions and during preparation for a formal presentation that will provide specific conservation genetic management advice to a diverse group of end-users.Effective written communication regarding conservation genetic theory and principles to diverse end-users. Many employers require employees to have good written communication skills. This skill will predominantly be developed during preparation for the final exam.
Subject to approval of the Head of School.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Frankham, Richard , Ballou, J. D., Briscoe, David A;
Introduction to conservation genetics
Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Available in the library.
Domestic fee $1,084.00
International Postgraduate fees
* 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.
For further information see
School of Biological Sciences