Module title: Environmental Management

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ENV10103
Module leader: Iain Adderton
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science
Prerequisites

n/a

2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jay Mackinnon
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Key principles and techniques are introduced through interactive lectures and recommended reading; and reinforced by tutorial/workshop exercises (LO1-6). Computer-based tutorials develop skills in data handling, mapping and GIS (LO3). Field trips allow practice of habitat and species survey techniques (LO1). The focus is on applying techniques for environmental assessment and ecological impact assessment. Bookable one-to-one or small-group tutorials support critical reflection by offering students a ‘sounding board’ for developing ideas, the opportunity for supportive challenge and help to make links between personal reflection and a wider context of issues (LO6).
Employability: the techniques learned are directly applicable to a range of ecology careers, particularly to ecological consultancy. Guest speakers teach on subjects relevant to their routine practice, giving valuable insights into the industry. Transferable skills are developed, including: reporting complex information factually and concisely; considering the relevant stakeholders and intended audience when composing a report; handling large volumes of information and prioritising what is significant for decision-making; working independently and applying self-critique. Students should also gain confidence at tackling unfamiliar tasks.
Personal/professional development planning: critical reflection directly supports PDP by developing the insights that inform career choices and highlight strengths, weaknesses and development needs. Through critical reflection, students develop a more rounded education in contemporary ecology as well as a repertoire of techniques.
Scholarship skills are developed through the search for specific evidence to inform decisions and through consideration of the applicability of research findings to a named context. GIS and field survey skills are directly transferable to a research context.

Formative Assessment:
Submission of an ecological impact statement demonstrates achievement of learning outcomes 1-5. This is based on the ecological impact assessment of a named development chosen from a short list.
A reflective essay demonstrates achievement of LO6. Students have considerable license to select the subject matter of reflection for themselves (guidance is available to support this) and assessment criteria focus on the quality of critically reflective thought processes revealed through the essay. Both assignments offer valuable learning opportunities as well as assessment.


Summative Assessment:
Submission of an ecological impact statement demonstrates achievement of learning outcomes 1-5. This is based on the ecological impact assessment of a named development chosen from a short list.
A reflective essay demonstrates achievement of LO6. Students have considerable license to select the subject matter of reflection for themselves (guidance is available to support this) and assessment criteria focus on the quality of critically reflective thought processes revealed through the essay. Both assignments offer valuable learning opportunities as well as assessment.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 13
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Face To Face Fieldwork 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 4
Independent Learning Guided independent study 159
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 75 1-5 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Essay 25 6 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 75
Component 2 subtotal: 25
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Environmental Management is the application of science to predict, prevent and solve problems related to human-environment interactions. The aspect of environmental management on which we will particularly focus is ecological impact assessment (EcIA), which is the process of identifying, quantifying and evaluating the potential impacts of defined actions on ecosystems or their components. For a defined development, you will identify, quantify and communicate the impacts of development on organisms and the ecosystem. You will investigate ways in which impacts can be reduced (mitigated) and make recommendations supported by the best available evidence. Ecological impact statements are used as a basis for decisions about whether development should go ahead and in what form; therefore, you will be engaging with a crucial mechanism for habitat conservation and sustainable development.
You will practice field survey techniques, engage with standard approaches to prioritising species and habitats for conservation, report findings concisely in a way that is appropriate to a wide audience and exercise a scientifically defensible approach to ecosystem management. You will learn how to find data on the species which occur at a site and on the designated features of protected areas. Through this, you will discover much about the wildlife and habitats present in and around Scotland.
You will experience an aspect of ecological consultancy practice (in modified form) and you will be supported to analyse, reconsider and question your experiences in the context of wider issues in conservation.
Subject matter includes habitat surveying, methods for surveying fauna, species protection legislation, application of geographic information systems (GIS), valuing/prioritising habitats and species, characterising impacts on ecosystems, impact mitigation, conservation ethics and reflective professional practice.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Conduct a site survey and report the findings appropriately.
LO2: Apply knowledge of relevant environmental protection legislation.
LO3: Appraise and use GIS as an environmental management tool.
LO4: Retrieve data in support of ecosystem assessment and apply the best available evidence to assess impacts and appraise mitigation measures.
LO5: Communicate findings, level of certainty and basis for conclusions in a manner that is both appropriate to a general audience and scientifically defensible.
LO6: Critically reflect on experience in the context of current practice and thinking in ecology and conservation.
Statement

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
ENV10103 Environmental Management