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Foundations of Conservation
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Course Info
Instructor: M. Fernanda Tomaselli
Class Time: M W F 10-11am
Classroom: FSC 1005
Office Hours: 11-1 on Mondays
or by appointment
(Room 4202, Faculty of Forestry)
Syllabus: 2020 Winter
2018-19 Wiki Projects
2017-18 Wiki Projects
2016-17 Wiki Projects

This is the Wiki Project Page for CONS200. The Open Case Studies project at UBC brings together faculty and students from different disciplines to write, edit, and learn with case studies that are free and open--they are publicly available free of cost, and they are licensed to allow others to revise and reuse them. As part of CONS200, you have the opportunity to create valuable educational resources that can be used world-wide.You will create a wiki article to demonstrate (a) your ability to extract and summarize relevant information and (b) your capacity to rationalize and present logical arguments for further evolution or progress on some aspect of your case study.

Creating Your Wiki Entry

You (and the other three members of your group) will create a Wiki page on a specific topic. All four members of the group will be able to include the link to that UBC-hosted Wiki page on your curriculum vitae. Here are some steps and resources to help you create your page and have it appear on the index for this portal (right side), so that it can be easily accessed by your peers and your instructor.

1. Login to the UBC Wiki

Click the CWL button on the top of the page and login from there.

2. Create Your Assignment Page

We have made it easy for you to create your assignment page right from here. Just add the title of your project to the box below and click on the create page button (note that you will need to be logged in to the UBC Wiki in order for this to work). On the edit screen that loads, add your name to the edit screen and hit SAVE at the bottom of the page. You can delete this later when you are ready to start writing your article.

3. Add Your Information to the Project Table

Once you have created your wiki page, add your team information the course project table.

4. Begin Writing!

Your new wiki page will be created with some suggested headings and sections.

Assignment Guidelines


The Wiki Paper should be between 2,500 and 3,500 words of text in length (exclusive of references, maps, photographs).


You should demonstrate (a) your ability to extract and summarize relevant facts and (b) your capacity to rationalize and present logical arguments for further evolution or progress on some aspect of environmental conservation.

Suggested Structure

This is only a suggested structure. It is very likely that you will need to modify this structure to fit your topic:

  1. Introduction
  2. Nature of the issue or problem – scope/scale of the problem, intensity/frequency/severity of negative impacts, variables influencing those impacts and any other relevant information needed for understanding the issue;
  3. Current remedial actions – solutions or efforts that are currently underway to tackle the issue or problem;
  4. Options for remedial action(s) – evaluation of solutions from technical, social, cultural, economic, financial, political and/or legal points of view (not all of these categories will be relevant to all situations;
  5. Conclusion – You should conclude your Wiki paper by summarizing the topic, or some aspect of the topic, and if possible, state a policy or other recommendation.


  1. Ensure that you use reliable sources (e.g. peer reviewed literature, government reports). Citing a reliable newspaper or media is acceptable, only when you cannot find another more reliable source.
  2. Use the Wikipedia reference style (see Wikipedia:Inline citation)
  3. Provide a citation for every sentence, statement, thought, or bit of data not your own, giving the author, year, AND page number in the reference list (if quoting textually).
  4. For dictionary references for English-language terms, I strongly recommend you use the Oxford English Dictionary.
  5. You can reference foreign-language sources but translate the reference to English.

Rubrics for ‘Graphics, Multimedia, and Hyperlinks’:

  • EXCELLENT - Images, multimedia sources and hyperlinks enhance quality of information; all acknowledged with captions or annotations
  • GOOD - Images, multimedia sources and hyperlinks support quality of information; all acknowledged with captions or annotations
  • BASIC - Insufficient number of images, multimedia sources and hyperlinks were used to support information
  • UNACCEPTABLE - Images and graphics have little to do with the topic

Sharing Your Work

All wiki project pages are openly accessible on the Internet. If you would like to give permission for other people to use them (for example, by including them on the UBC Open Case Studies Site), the project template includes a green box that allows you to add your name(s) as author(s) of the resource and indicate if you'd like to share your work via a Creative Commons license . If you would like, add a name for who or what project created the resource, add that info after the names parameters. If left blank, it will default to Course:CONS200.

The following is all optional but if you’d like your name added to the page as author as well allowing other people to re-use it as a conservation resource, you can:

  1. Click on the edit tab to edit your page
  2. Then scroll to the bottom and click on the green box at the bottom of the page
  3. This will generate a little pop-up with an edit button. Push the edit button.
  4. In the names field, add your name if you would like to be credited as the author
  5. In the share field, add “yes” (must be lowercase) if you would like to allow other folks to be able to reuse your page, such as by including it on the UBC open case studies site at Clicking yes adds a creative commons license to the page.

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