Award: 10 credits at level 4
Duration: 12 weeks
Start Date: September and January (Semester 1/2)

ZOOL40410 Natural Heritage Conservation


This module is designed to accommodate applicants with a variety of academic qualifications including Archeology, Architecture, Geography, Biology, Arts, Agriculture, Engineering, Environmental Science and Economics.

This module is directed at professionals interested in advancing their career in the field of natural heritage conservation and sustainable management with regard to the implementation of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention in particular.

What will I study?

This core module provides a broad introduction to natural heritage in a World Heritage context and explores biodiversity and its origins in the natural world.

The module deals with how biodiversity is distributed across the globe and the role of World Heritage Convention in biodiversity conservation. Topics include natural heritage values, benefits of biodiversity, threats to natural World Heritage properties, biodiversity loss, governance and biodiversity conservation.

How will I study?

The cultural heritage conservation module will include:
  • a series of written ‘Sessions’ that are structured to help guide students in their study of specific topics with recommended readings and exercises
  • reflective study journal
  • interactive discussion boards

Expected Commitment

Students are not required to attend any lectures at the UCD campus as part of the module. The module is worth ten credits, whereby one credit corresponds to approximately 25 hours of total student effort. As a guideline the workload this module (250 hours) is broken down as follows:
  • Interactive learning online: 30 hours
  • Independent study: 140 hours
  • Assessment: 80 hours

How will I be assessed?

  • Study journal (20%): a tool for continuous reflective learning
  • Essay (40%): mid-term assignment
  • Project work (40%): end of module assignment

On successful completion of this module I will be able to

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concept of biodiversity and its spatial variation across the globe.
  • Critically appraise the role of the World Heritage Convention and other international instruments in biodiversity and natural heritage conservation.
  • Identify threats to natural heritage and the impacts of biodiversity loss in national and international contexts.
  • Categorize the different intrinsic and extrinsic values of biodiversity and explain their importance.

Am I eligible?

Applicants must hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours level degree in a science, engineering or related discipline. It is advised that the module on the World Heritage Convention (ZOOL 40360) is taken in conjunction with this module.