Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Landscape Assessment, Protection and Enhancement
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 3 x 1 hour lectures per week
Practical 5 x 5 hour practicals/visits


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Landscape character assessment report.  50%
Semester Assessment Planning policy report.  50%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Identify, and justify their choice of, the key components that contribute to the landscape character of an area.

2. Undertake a landscape character assessment using an established methodology.

3. Provide, and justify, recommendations for the protection and enhancement of landscape character utilising a range of appropriate mechanisms.

4. Evaluate and apply the appropriate planning policies and tools for development control and the protection and enhancement of landscape character.

5. Make effective use of GIS to present and analyse spatial information.

Brief description

The diverse landscapes of Britain provide a valuable and valued resource both for residents and visitors to the countryside. Their importance is now recognised through international convention and mechanisms are being developed to allow for the systematic classification and evaluation of landscapes. Distinctive, high quality landscapes require protection and degraded landscapes offer opportunities for enhancement. The mechanism through which this can occur is, principally, the planning system and an appreciation of the way in which the built environment is controlled and developed through planning policy is vital in understanding the effects on wider countryside landscapes. However increasingly there is integration with agricultural, forestry and conservation policy and practise.

This practical and vocational module will provide students with a background in landscape classification and evaluation and in the planning system. Students will carry out landscape classification and planning assessment exercises according to established methodologies. Students will be encouraged to devise multi-disciplinary strategies for landscape protection and enhancement and practical skills of analysis, interpretation, evaluation and report preparation will be developed. A component of this module will be the development of skills in the use of GIS as a tool for presenting and analysing information at the landscape scale.


Landscape components, the nature of landscape and the human response to landscape.
Identifying forces for change in the landscape.
Methods for landscape characterisation.
Mechanisms and opportunities for landscape protection and enhancement.
The evolution of the planning system.
Planning policy and guidance.
Development control and planning tools.
Use of GIS for the presentation and analysis of spatial information.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Coursework involves production of a report to established industry formats.
Improving own Learning and Performance
Information Technology Extensive use of I.T. is made as part of data gathering and presentation. Students will be instructed in, and will be expected to make use of software such as Google Earth to display spatial information.
Personal Development and Career planning Experience of this subject area will provide students with vocational skills and an awareness of specific vocational pathways.
Problem solving Collection, interpretation and presentation of material requires students to overcome the difficulty of integrating material from a range of sources.
Research skills Use of GIS within landscape assessment..
Subject Specific Skills Landscape character assessment is an evolving discipline directly applied in management of the countryside.
Team work


This module is at CQFW Level 5