Saving threatened habitats worldwide

Conservation Diploma Course Structure

An example of the previous course structure for the The Graduate Diploma in Conservation and Project Administration

Course components

  • Biodiversity Conservation and Human Society (20 credits)
  • Science Communication (20 credits)
  • Analyses in Biology (20 credits)
  • Conservation Project Administration (60 credits)

The following information relates to the 60 credit Conservation Project Administration module, the work placement undertaken at World Land Trust (WLT).

Assessments

The assignments for the Conservation Project Administration module were varied and interesting and were designed to maximise experience in using different communication styles. Assignments included:

  • An essay
  • A literature-based project
  • A portfolio
  • Presentations
  • Executive summaries
  • An oral exam
  • A report on the overseas research trip

The portfolio recorded all the skills, experiences and knowledge gained while on the work placement at WLT. It was an evidence building exercise, ongoing throughout the course.

Learning at WLT

Working with the WLT team, diploma students had the opportunity to work within most areas of the World Land Trust operation. By working alongside, and shadowing, senior members of staff  students experienced and explored many more aspects of the organisation than a purely academic course could allow.

  • Within the Projects Team students worked on a potential project going through the selection process, writing fundraising letters,  sitting in on meetings and taking notes for the Projects Team.
  • Students learned about the organisation of a charity and gave a presentation to the WLT Board of Trustees. There were also opportunities for in-house training; involving members of WLT staff or outside consultants.
  • Other experiences at the WLT office included:
    • Building general office and team working skills (essential for a career with a conservation NGO);
    • The opportunity to complete tasks in Education/Web/Communications – which ranged from organising and delivering a school visit to writing a press release or fundraising materials.
  • As part of the course students undertook a 2 week research project with a project partner of WLT, at an overseas location. Past students have visited Belize, Paraguay and Venezuela. Students planned all aspects of their trip, including organising a fundraising event to contribute towards costs.

Fundraising

Previous students have organised live music gigs, food stalls during the Christmas period, and also organised University social events serving a selection of authentic South American food dishes.

For an overview to the course and to see what some of our previous students have to say, see Study Conservation and Project Administration - 2005 - 2010.

2007 diploma students' fundraiser: An evening with music and Paraguayan food

Previous students have organised live music gigs...

2008 diploma students' fundraiser: Mince pie and hot, spiced apple drinks stall

..and sold home-made mince pies at Christmas

 

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