Module Information

Module Identifier
BRM6620
Module Title
Restoration and Conservation - Case Studies
Academic Year
2015/2016
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
External Examiners
  • Dr Robert Baxter (Senior Lecturer - University of Durham)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 6 x 1 Hour Lectures
Lecture 5 x 2 Hour Lectures
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Case study 1 report  (up to 2,500 words)  33%
Semester Assessment Case study 2 report  (up to 2,500 words)  33%
Semester Assessment Case study 3 report  (up to 2,500 words)  34%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment that are 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. Integrate scientific, regulatory and practical issues.

2. Present their findings in the generic format required for a consultant's report.

3. Evaluate data arising from an investigation in terms of its reliability and fitness for purpose.

4. Conduct searches using library, IT and database sources.

5. Use information arising from prior investigations to develop practical solutions to stated restoration or conservation problems.

Brief description

This module will introduce students to the management of restoration and conservation issues in temperate ecosystems through a series of case study based exercises. It will involve substantial student-centred activity.

Aims

To develop student skills in evaluating and interpreting existing datasets for the purpose of making management recommendations.

Content

The course will comprise a series of lectures introducing three major case study topics. In each case, introductory lectures will be followed by workshops reviewing the information provided and the assignment brief to be addressed.
Emphasis will be placed on management strategies, including stakeholder concepts and the practical/financial constraints within which these strategies must be applied. Students will learn how to evaluate available evidence and to draw appropriate conclusions to different biological and ecological questions based on partial and imperfect information.
The coursework will encourage students to apply skills developed in other course modules to analyse and interpret the data to formulate management plans.
The course will be delivered in 3 week cycles linked to individual case studies.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number In analyzing and interpreting datasets.
Communication In producing case study report assignments.
Improving own Learning and Performance In developing data evaluation, interpreting and reporting skills.
Information Technology In production of assignment reports including data presentation.
Personal Development and Career planning In developing scientific skills within the context of realistic management scenarios.
Problem solving In addressing assignment briefs and reporting on these.
Research skills In developing the research context for each case study.
Subject Specific Skills Evaluation and interpretation of biological and ecological information for management purposes.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7