Core Module Information
Module title: Management of Aquatic Protected Areas

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ENV11112
Module leader: Robert Briers
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES


Description of module content:

The module will cover the following topics: marine and freshwater protected area planning, legal and legislative frameworks for the designation of aquatic protected areas, assessing and managing water quantity and quality issues, aquatic-terrestrial linkages, landscape scale approaches and management at the catchment level, the DPSIR (Drivers-Pressures-State-Impacts-Responses) framework for analysis of environmental state and management, catchment management plans, coastal zone management, marine spatial planning, the ecosystem approach to aquatic resource management, including fisheries and sustainable use of aquatic protected areas. You will also gain skills in the use and application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in the context of managing aquatic protected areas.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Rationalise the use of appropriate legal and legislative frameworks for protecting aquatic ecosystems;
LO2: Critically evaluate the pressures on specific aquatic protected areas;
LO3: Critically appraise management options and strategies in relation to different pressures and threats;
LO4: Critically assess the options for sustainable use of aquatic protected areas in relation to fisheries, recreation and other uses
LO5: Apply GIS techniques to collate and analyse data in relation to management of aquatic protected areas.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, 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: Robert Briers
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module uses weekly teaching sessions to support, extend and apply knowledge gained through directed and independent engagement with learning resources. You will explore the legal and legislative framework relevant in the designation of aquatic protected areas in different areas of the world (LO1), in relation to management strategies underpinning such legislation. Self-directed study of relevant examples and input from external speakers will engender critical assessment and evaluation of potential threats to aquatic protected areas and options for the management of pressures (LOs 2 and3). Consideration of management of human use of aquatic protected areas (LO4) will also focus on real case-studies and scenarios involving different stakeholders which will effectively contextualise knowledge gained through the formal teaching material. Through practical sessions, students will gain skills in the use of GIS, focusing on mapping and analysis tasks linked to module outcomes and content (LO5).
The recordings of sessions led by staff and external speakers will be made available to all students in addition to other electronic resources. Distance learners can also follow the online worksheets to develop competence in the use of GIS.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback and guidance will be given in relation to both assessments during class discussions (recorded for DL students) and through online fora in relation to the subsequent summative submissions. Weekly GIS sessions will have an output goal and feedback will be available if difficulties arise in reproducing these.

Summative Assessment:
The first assessment is based on performing GIS-based analysis, mapping and documentation of a specific task in relation to the context of management of aquatic protected areas (LO5) [week 8]. The second assessment is based on the development of a zoning scheme detailing management options and objectives for a specific aquatic protected area in relation to sustainable use by different stakeholders, covering LOs 1, 2, 3 and 4 [week 11]. You will work together as a group online to gather and collate resources for the second assessment.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 36
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 5 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Report 60 1,2,3 & 4 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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