Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Issues and Developments in Managing the Environment
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Group presentations.  20%
Semester Assessment Lecture summaries.  15%
Semester Assessment 800-word journalistic article.  15%
Semester Assessment Research paper on student-selected 'hot topic' (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:

  • Identify critical management issues and assess the importance of new developments to the field of environmental management.
  • Illustrate their understanding of environmental responsibility in the identification of natural or man-made problems.
  • Deliver practical solutions to improve or conserve environments with a high natural resource value.

Brief description

This module provides a comprehensive overview of the major themes and complexities involved in effective environmental management. Consideration is given to past, current and future problems and the range of approaches and technologies available to provide solutions to such problems. The issues and developments addressed in environmental management will include conservation, biodiversity and sustainability. Consideration is also given to how advances in technology can be incorporated in management practices. Through 20 problem-centred research lectures, a comprehensive knowledge base and research platform will be developed, which will then be used to pursue and synthesise information in the chosen pathway. The module covers a broad range of issues and developments in coastal, aquatic, estuarine and terrestrial ecosystems. Using 'hot topic' examples from these ecosystems, the effects of pollution, climate change, natural resource exploitation, rehabilitation and new technologies on managing the environment will be explored. Approaches will range from applications of Molecular Biology in managing the environment to key issues of Conservation and Sustainable Environmental Management.


This module is at CQFW Level 7