Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials Tutorials/seminars to identify appropiate environmental management issue.
Practical 6 x 3 hour practical sessions


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment "Scoping" report  20%
Semester Assessment Final report (5000 words)  40%
Semester Assessment Competency of performance of chosen sampling method(s).  Students will demonstrate that they are able to choose and use an appropiate sampling method for their particular environmental management problem.  40%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this modules, students should be able to:

  • identify key sampling issues in a contextual settign related to managing the environment (pathway specific)
  • establish "best practice" solutions for their chosen environmental management problem
  • demonstrate their understanding of "appropriate technology" through practical solutions to the chosen problem.

Brief description

This is a new module which address key issues and developments in sampling techniques, methodology and technologies regarded as central to managing the environment. The module will explore the concepts of "best practice" and how they are translated into actual sampling techniques and skills used by environmental management practitioners. The scope of novel and emerging technologies in informing practice will be explored.


Through 9 problem-centred research tutorials and 6 three hour student-centred practical sessions, students are provided with a comprehensive knowledge base in key sampling techniques. Students will select a problem-driven environmental management topic relevant to their preferred pathway and through exploring potential solutions develop competency in key sampling techniques. The module covers a broad range of sampling issues and developments in coastal, estuarine, freshwater and terrestial ecosystems. Students will evaluate the use of "appropiate technology" to solve environmental management issues in a variet of contextual settings, from the laboratory to the field.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Required for the analysis and synthesis of data obtained in the practical sessions and incorporated into the reports.
Communication Academic and commercial writing skills will be developed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Feedback on the "scoping" report will inform the final report.
Information Technology Storage and retrieval of data. Report writing. Presentation of data in reports. Use of electronic journals and databases, etc.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will gain confidence in their ability to plan, perform, evaluate and report on their chosen sampling methods.
Problem solving Students will select a problem-driven environmental management topic and through exploring potential solutions, develop cometency in key sampling techniques, best practice and the choice of "appropriate technology".
Research skills Through the practical sessions and tutorials, students will gain research skills required to provide a practical solution to their chosen environmental management problem.
Subject Specific Skills Generic and pathway specific sampling skills (please refer to key skills 1,2 and 6)
Team work Students will be involved in the planning of both the practical and written elements of the modules. Effective team-building, management and communication skills will be developed.


This module is at CQFW Level 7