Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Professional Skills in Managing the Environment
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 1 hour lectures (6 hours) - across semester 1 & 2
Seminars / Tutorials 1 x 1 hour project meeting seminars per week (20 hours) - across semester 1 & 2


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Group case study presentation.  20%
Semester Assessment Group case study report.  60%
Semester Assessment Research project plan.  20%
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. Oral, written and visual communication.

2. Assimilation and synthesis of information from published research and databases.

3. Evaluation of research data in a wider context.

4. Conducting research searches using library, IT and database sources.

5. Self-assessment and team skills.


Various formats of scientific reporting will be considered including theses, literature reviews, submissions for targeted publications and poster presentations. In addition, good practice in oral presentations will be described specifically the use of audio-visual aids and planning presentations. Effective team working skills will be developed through case study exercises. Opportunities for career advice and options will be provided in addition to familiarisation with Health and Safety issues.

This module will also address issues such as project management (work scheduling, setting objectives and deadlines, budgeting and record keeping) and include some focus on the roles and responsibilities of student and supervisors. It will also consider scientific ethics (e.g. plagiarism).

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Evaluation of datasets in case studies.
Communication Development of written expression in the subject.
Improving own Learning and Performance Scholarly review of recent peer-review publications in the topic for case study reports.
Information Technology IT skills will be developed in research for case studies.
Personal Development and Career planning Basic understanding of project reporting and proposal development essential to career in environmental management.
Problem solving Case studies provide realistic challenges in making recommendations based on incomplete data.
Research skills Case study preparation using library and web resources.
Subject Specific Skills Subject specific concepts relating to environmental management.


This module is at CQFW Level 7