Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 2 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2000 word environmental management project report (project report will be prepared as groups; but each student will be responsible for writing a separate chapter). Individual marks for project report will be based 50% on the team report as a whole, and 50% based on the individuals contribution to that report.  50%
Semester Assessment 1 x project pitch to include the presentation of an A0 poster and a two-minute video presentation at the end of module conference. Weighting for individual components: poster (50%), video presentation (30%), project pitch (20%)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed coursework (individual portion of project report - 2000 words) 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

* Describe the issues confronting management of the physical environment

* Discuss the interplay of physical processes and anthropogenic activity

* Appraise the limitations and constraints of environmental management solutions to address environmental problems

* Evaluate the ways in which environmental systems are managed for specific purposes

* Work in a team to present and pitch ideas as a professional project proposal in a formal environment

Brief description

This module introduces the student to the extremely broad topic of environmental management from a variety of perspectives. The lectures will lay the theoretical foundation to help the student recognize the types of environmental issues and the range of management techniques used to address them. The assessment of the course will be based entirely on the student's ability to apply these concepts and principles to two actual environmental management problems. In this capacity, students will get an opportunity to grapple with the details of these problems from a professional perspective and reflect on the transferrable skills they have picked up along the way. Workshop sessions are designed to deal with practical issues that the project teams may be facing. The aim of the course is to demonstrate the challenges and benefits of effectively applying geography and environmental science principles to real environmental problems.


The course covers a broad range of topics concerned with the management of environmental systems. The projects form a large part of this module: a choice from ten themes is offered reflecting current environmental concerns of the local area and beyond. Choices include presenting a carbon offsetting strategy report, pitching for the option to develop a wind farm site, applying for a Low Carbon Community Challenge grant, presenting a feasibility report for the Wales Towards Zero Waste initiative, etc. Lectures identify general themes that cross-cut many of these projects, including:

1. Historical attitudes to nature and the environment
2. Dealing with uncertainty in environmental systems
3. Role of policy in shaping environmental management practices
4. Integrated approaches to environmental management
5. Notions of natural and sustainability in environmental management

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Optional (students working in groups proposing detailed economic or environmental analyses may choose to make a stronger case with such maths)
Communication Verbal: Students (working in teams) will have to give a short presentation of a poster in a 'module conference' to persuade their peers of their proposed environmental management project. Students will also have to communicate effectively within their groups for the projects to be successful. Written project reports will convey their findings.
Improving own Learning and Performance Independent reading from reading list.
Information Technology Students will need to be familiar with basic word processing and spreadsheet software (requires access to PC). Members of each team will engage with basic video editing software. Certain teams may optionally choose to use more specialized software packages to address their environmental management problem (detailed guidance will be provided).
Personal Development and Career planning Students will gain an increased confidence in applying geography and environmental science skills and theory to real problems, based on actual places with actual data. Students will get an opportunity to approach the same environmental management problems from a variety of perspectives (e.g. public sector vs. private sector, consultancy vs. regulator). This may help illustrate some of the challenges and short-comings as well as the rewards of each perspective. Students will be forced to work with individuals they may not care for or agree with but be expected to conduct themselves professionally regardless.
Problem solving Students will be given actual 'real-world' environmental management problems and be expected to develop solutions based on the actual constraints and logistics for their respective projects. The team-projects will be role-playing exercises in which professional-level expectations will be placed on the students. However, when mistakes are made the students will have the luxury of learning from those mistakes without major consequences a real situation (e.g. loss of life, loss of job, loss of money, loss of credibility).
Research skills Undertaken during independent reading and research as well as interaction with groups.
Subject Specific Skills Successful students will leave the course with first-hand experience addressing environmental management problems. The same forms, report formats and tools used by agencies, consultancies and researchers will be used by the students. The students will develop a familiarity with the regulatory and project implementation process that can make them highly competitive in today's job market.
Team work Environmental management problems in the real world are too large to be addressed by any single individual. Similarly, in this module students will be required to work as part of teams to come up with solutions to the assigned management problems. Each student will participate in two of these four team types (one for each of the two projects). Individual marks for project reports will be based 50% on the team report as a whole, and 50% based on the individual's contribution to that report.

Reading List

Essential Reading
Mitchell, B. (2002) Resource and Environmental Management Prentice Hall, Essex Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5