Syllabus query

Academic Year/course: 2017/18

328 - Master's in Land and Environmental Planning

66709 - Management and conservation of natural zones and biodiversity

Syllabus Information

Academic Year:
66709 - Management and conservation of natural zones and biodiversity
Faculty / School:
103 - Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
328 - Master's in Land and Environmental Planning
Subject Type:

5.1. Methodological overview

The course offers a conceptual base and it also provides support for other subjects. It includes a theoretical section focused on the basic concepts of natural conservation, knowledgement of natural systems and their value. The current state of the biodiversity and the environmental legislation are also studied.

The practice sessions will be focused on the identification of natural behaviour of different natural systems, studies on landscape ecology, the theory of insular balance, the assessment of biodiversity by using different indexes and the multi-criteria decision-making. Students will provide a summary of each activity as a part of the continuous assessment system.

Finally, students should complete, in groups of 3-4 students, a practical exercise applying previous knowledgement and combining different professional backgrounds to a specific natural area. 

5.2. Learning tasks

The course includes the following learning tasks: 

  • Theory sessions (topics 1-3)
  • Practice sessions (topics 1-3)
  • Field trips:
    • Visit a Natural Protected Area included in the Network of Protected Natural Areas of Aragon (RENPA) (full day).
    • Visit a breeding centre of protected species (IPE, CRIAH or Recovery Center) (full day)
  • Technical seminars with professionals from research centers or leading researchers on projects of conservation and management of biodiversity

5.3. Syllabus

The course will address the following topics:

Topic 1. Ecological basis

• Item 1. From the gene to the ecosystem

• Item 2. Populations

• Item 3. Communities

Topic 2. Geography and Diversity

• Item 4. Geography and Ecosystems

• Item 5. The value of diversity

• Item 6. Current situation of diversity

Topic 3. Management and Conservation of Diversity

• Item 7. International management tools

• Item 8. International management tools

• Item 9. Species conservation

• Item 10. Conservation and protection of spaces

5.4. Course planning and calendar

Further information concerning the timetable, classroom, assessment dates and other details regarding this course, will be provided on the first day of class or please refer to the "Facultad de Filosofía y Letras" website (timetables:; Examination: and the academic calendar  (

5.5. Bibliography and recommended resources

Aizpuru, I., Aseguinolaza, C.; Uribe-Echebarría, P.M.; P. Urrutia, P. y Zorrakín, I. Eds. (1999). Claves ilustradas de la Flora del País Vasco y territorios limítrofes.  Ed. Servicio Central de Publicaciones del Gobierno Vasco. Vitoria-Gasteiz (España). ISBN: 84-457-1396-5.

Braun-Blanquet, J. y Bolos, O. (1987): Las comunidades vegetales de la depresión del Ebro y su dinamismo. Excmo. Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza, 278 p., Zaragoza.

García-Ruiz, J.M, Peña-Monné, J.L, Marí-Bono, J.; Gómez-Villar, A.; Constante, A.; Espinalt, M. (2011). El relieve del Alto Aragón Occidental. Cartografía y síntesis geomorfológica. Consejo de Protección de la Naturaleza de Aragón. Serie Investigación, nº 55. Zaragoza.

Peña-Monné, J.L. (1997). Cartografía geomorfológica básica y aplicada. Geoforma Ediciones. Logroño.

Peña-Monné, J.L.; Pellicer, F.; Julián, A.; Chueca, J.; Echeverría, M.T.; Lozano, M.V.; y Sánchez, M. (2002). Mapa geomorfológico de Aragón. Serie Investigación. Consejo de Protección de la Naturaleza de Aragón. Zaragoza.

Serrano, A.; Salazar, A.; Nozar, A. y Suárez, A. (2005). Mapa geomorfológico de España 1:50.000. Guía para su elaboración. Instituto Geológico y Minero de España. Madrid.

Uribe-Echebarria, P.M. y Zorrakin, I. (2008). Claves ilustradas de la flora del Moncayo. DPZ