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 2 x 1 hour lectures per week (22 hours)
Other 1 x 3 hour workshop (3 hours)
Other 3 x 4-5 hour field trips (14 hours)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Report  : Landscape character assessment (2000 words).  50%
Semester Assessment Report  : Planning policy (2000 words).  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 and present a landscape character assessment using an established methodology and techniques.

3. Provide, and justify, recommendations for the protection and enhancement of landscape character using 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.

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 practice. 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.


This module will provide students with an appreciation of:
  • the methods for classification of landscapes,
  • the mechanisms available for the protection and enhancement of landscapes,
  • and the demands and policies influencing the development of the built environment.


Week 1 . Landscape components, the nature of landscape and the human response to landscape.
Weeks 2-3. Identifying forces for change in the landscape.
Weeks 4-5. Methods for landscape characterisation.
Week 6. Mechanisms and opportunities for landscape protection and enhancement.
Week 7. The evolution of the planning system.
Weeks 8-9. Planning policy and guidance.
Weeks 10-11. Development control and planning tools.

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
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.
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