Wildlife and Livestock Management (Online) BIOL5277

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Biodiversity Animal Health Comp Med
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will examine the management of wildlife and livestock including domestication, the concept of production animals, animal husbandry, wildlife management in zoos and wildlife reserves. It will examine the essential elements of resource allocation and competition, land-use business models, land tenure systems, human-wildlife conflict.


This is an online course delivered over 10 weeks during the first online learning block which runs from September to November.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Written assignment 3000 words (70%)

Set exercise based on data analysis (30%)

Course Aims

This course aims to develop a high-level understanding of animal management in complex, interacting systems. It aims to explore strategies for effective and utilisation of natural resources in a manner which is consistent with long-term sustainability of ecosystems, economy and society.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Critically evaluate management alternatives for production animals and wildlife from economic, social and environmental perspectives;

■ Design, evaluate and compare management programmes for common or otherwise important production animal and wildlife species;

■ Critically evaluate wildlife management policies directed at the reduction of human-wildlife conflict;

■ Critically assess the contribution of hunting and consumptive wildlife use to viability of ecosystems and human communities. 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.