Core and optional courses
Core and optional courses
Taught courses at Glasgow
Semester 1: Compulsory courses (both Semester 1 courses are compulsory)
Key Research Skills
Course aims: The aims of this course are to ensure that all students receive advanced and evidence-based training in the key skills essential for any modern ecology/evolution-based research career and for the courses that they will take later in the programme. This includes principles of Scientific Writing and Effective Communication in English, Introduction to the Programming Environment R, Advanced Statistics, and Experimental Design and Power Analysis.
Programming in R
Course aims: The aim of this course is to provide hands-on training in programming in the R environment, and teach students to use the data structures and libraries provided by the R project appropriately to solve problems.
Semester 2: Compulsory courses
Principles of Conservation Ecology
Course aims: The course explores the interaction between species and environment in protected African ecosystems. It will examine the ecological factors and processes that underpin the abundance and spatial distribution of populations, and the dynamics of their within and between species interactions. It will be familiarise students with the key conceptual and quantitative paradigms relevant to conservation ecology the practice of conservation management, and the study and monitoring of components of African ecosystems. It will focus particularly on how to study and quantify ecosystem stress, and how ecological dynamics respond to stress and environmental change in African settings.
Protected Area Management
Course aims: This course will introduce students to key issues in the management of protected areas in Africa, including resource protection, ecological monitoring, fire management, tourism management and development, infrastructure management and community conservation. The course will draw on examples from savannah, forest, wetland and marine ecosystems in Africa and special emphasis will be placed on introducing students to practical aspects of protected area planning. Further topics will consider setting of conservation priorities, monitoring and evaluation of conservation actions, and conservation financing.
Human Dimensions of Conservation
Course aims: The course explores human dimensions of conservation, including topics relating to biodiversity conservation and human development, sustainable use, wildlife trade, hunting, human-wildlife conflict and wildlife interventions. These subjects will be considered from diverse ethical, ecological, socio-economic and political perspectives.
Semester 2: Optional courses (students select three of the following options)
Spatial Ecology and Biodiversity
Course aims: The aim of the course is to provide students with evidence-based core training in the use of a wide range of sampling techniques currently available for invertebrate and vertebrate organisms in a terrestrial environment, as well as to explore techniques used for the quantification of biodiversity and the measurement of abundance.
Infectious Disease Ecology & the Dynamics of Emerging Disease
Course aims: The aim of this course is to equip students with the mathematical and programming skills and theoretical background to be able to create simple epidemiological models, to interpret
Introduction to Bayesian Statistics
Course aims: The aim of the course is to provide the student with an evidence-based founding in the basic theory and practice of Bayesian statistics, using Markov Chain Monte Carlo approaches and Metropolis-Hastings and Gibbs sampling procedure.
Course aims: This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of formulating multi-species population models. It will aim to introduce students to the different ways these models can be formulated in theory, and implemented in practice (this will be undertaken in the R programming environment). Students will be asked to review a range of previous uses of these forms of models, and be asked to develop critical views of them. Emphasis will be placed on identifying the key assumptions of these different models, and when different formulations are most appropriate.
Course aims: This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of single-species population models. It will aim to introduce students to the different ways these models can be formulated in theory, and implemented in practice (this will be undertaken in the R programming environment). Students will be asked to review a range of previous uses of these forms of models, and be asked to develop critical views of them. Emphasis will be placed on identifying the key assumptions of these different models, and when different formulations are most appropriate.
Molecular epidemiology and phylodynamics
Course aims: This course will introduce students to current analytical methods for answering applied questions in evolution and epidemiology based on pathogen genetic data. Topics will include tree building, molecular clocks, inferring demographic histories using coalescent approaches, ancestral state reconstruction and phylogeography, focussing on the widely used software BEAST as well as other computer programs.
Course aims: The aim of this course is to provide students with in depth hands-on training to enable them to identify key vertebrate groups, using field guides, identification keys, and vocalizations, as required for assessment of biodiversity.
Course aims: To provide practical training in analytical skills and the theoretical basis for approaches used for quantifying biodiversity and population genetic structure. The focus will be on the analysis of DNA sequence and microsatellite genotype data, as applied to problems in the assessment of biodiversity and conservation. This course will involve a mixture of theory and computer-based analyses of molecular data commonly used in ecological and evolutionary studies.
Course aims: To provide evidence-based advanced practical training in using web services to aggregate and visualise biodiversity data, using an interactive and open-access based approach.
Course aims: The aim of the course is to provide students with core evidence-based training in techniques for identifying key vertebrate groups, including bird songs and mammalian scats.
Societal aspects of antimicrobial resistance
Course aims: The aim of the course is to provide students with an evidence-based critical and detailed understanding of welfare assessment methodologies and practical experience of how welfare issues are addressed at sites that keep animals for different forms of human use, including research on wild animals.
Course aims: The aim of the course is to provide students with an evidence-based understanding of methods and techniques used to assess physiological state of wild animals and provide them with the competence to identify the health state of wild animal and to respond appropriately to this.
Biology of Suffering
Course aims: The aim of the course is to provide students with an advanced understanding of issues on consciousness, sentience and suffering in animals and how this relates to ethical and legal considerations.
Care and Enrichment of Captive Animals
Course aims: The aim of the course is to provide students with a critical awareness of issues relating to care of captive animals and relate these to legislation and welfare science. understanding of the underlying principles that will guide enrichment and the design of enclosures and encourages students to creatively think about their own solution to welfare issues.
Legislation Related to Animal Welfare
Course aims: The aim of the course is to provide students with a rigorous evidence-based understanding of the different pieces of legislation underlying the use of animals in scientific research, in zoos and in farms.
GIS for Ecologists
Course aims: The aim of the course is to provide students with training in the collection and analysis of ecological data using a geographic information system (GIS). The objective is to develop key skills in creating a GIS using existing data and collecting suitable field data for an ecological project.
Genetic and genomic aspects of AMR
Course aims: The overall aim of this course is to provide the students with critical understanding of molecular mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance. Specific course aims are to:
■ Equip students with understanding of core principles of genetic and genomic mechanisms of acquisition, evolution and spread of AMR in pathogens relevant to human and animal health
■ Provide students with critical comprehension of and practical skills in the use of genetic and genomic approaches to identify AMR patterns.
■ Encourage students to research independently and to critically evaluate a chosen aspect of molecular mechanisms of AMR.
Course aims: The aim of the course is to provide students with an awareness of the principles of relevant animal ethics frameworks and how these may be applied to consider the moral implications of different forms of human use of animals.
Economic tools for conservation
Course aims: To introduce students to the tools which economics can offer to help in the design and analysis of nature conservation policy, Specifically, the course aims to: help students to understand the concepts of opportunity cost, strategic behaviour, economic value, portfolio theory and incentive design; bring students up to date with the most recent innovations in applying economics to the analysis of conservation problems; show how economics can help identify and quantify sources of finance for conservation actions; and, explain how cost-benefit analysis offers a valuable tool for presenting the case for conservation, and for targeting conservation actions