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WILM501 Wildlife Management Research Placement

A research project relating to some aspect of wildlife management conducted as a placement within a host organisation.

This placement is often completed sometime between October and March. The write up takes place during the following first semester in association with tutorial sessions.

A University of Otago qualification in Wildlife Management is an ideal qualification for those seeking employment as: conservation officers, pest control and resource managers, scientific research technicians, scientific advisers for government and non-government research and conservation organisations.

Paper title Wildlife Management Research Placement
Paper code WILM501
Subject Wildlife Management
EFTS 0.3333
Points 40 points 40 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (1 October 2020 - 23 June 2021), First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,132.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $11,583.84

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Teaching staff
Co-ordinators: Professor Philip Seddon, Associate Professor Yolanda van Heezik and Associate Professor Bruce C. Robertson
Paper Structure
This paper is designed to provide frontline wildlife management and research experience. Students spend approximately 8 weeks working on an applied research project within a wildlife management organisation. This paper aims to provide an opportunity to apply learning, skills and wider knowledge to design and conduct research, including the critical evaluation of relevant literature, the formulation of a robust research protocol and the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of quantitative data relating to some aspect of wildlife management.

Throughout the year we seek and receive placement offers from host organisations, such as the Department of Conservation, Fish and Game Councils, Crown Research Institutes and Regional Councils. A register of potential placements is maintained and updated throughout the year.
Teaching Arrangements
WILM 501 commences with introductory and preparatory work to select your placement project and develop a research proposal, including literature review, for your chosen topic. Research placements take place over 8 weeks, and the paper concludes with your own write up and presentation of research results.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Otago Wildlife Management graduates will have an understanding of the processes and interactions at work in ecological communities and will recognise the principles of wildlife population persistence, change or decline. Students will graduate with a toolkit of techniques with which to gather and analyse information and answer questions about wildlife populations and will be able to apply their skills to address real-life problems. Above all MWLM graduates will have appreciation of the need for and an ability to apply critical thinking, scientific rigour and a systematic approach to the management of wildlife.

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1st Non standard period (1 October 2020 - 23 June 2021)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 9, 11, 18, 20, 22