- Dr Robert Baxter (Senior Lecturer - University of Durham)
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||8 x 1 Hour Lectures|
|Lecture||3 x 2 Hour Lectures|
|Field Trip||1 x 4 Hour Field Trip|
|Field Trip||2 x 8 Hour Field Trips|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Evaluation of investigation (up to 2,500 words)||25%|
|Semester Assessment||Recommendations (up to 2,000 words)||25%|
|Semester Assessment||Project report (up to 5,000 words)||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Students must take elements of assessment that are equivalent to those that led to failure of the module||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Identify key issues in designing and implementing an environmental investigation within a contextual setting related to managing problems.
2. Develop "best practice" solutions to assess environmental management problems within realistic constraints.
3. Evaluate data arising from an investigation in terms of its reliability and fitness for purpose.
4. Use information arising from an investigation to develop practical solutions to the restoration or conservation problems identified.
5. Communicate findings and levels of confidence in these outcomes.
Key investigative approaches and sampling techniques are explored. The module covers a range of sampling and assessment issues in coastal, estuarine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. Students will evaluate the use of "appropriate technology" to investigate environmental management issues in a variety of contextual settings, from the laboratory to the field. Skills developed in this supervised exercise will then be applied in implementing a further practical group investigation of a problem in restoration or conservation management.
The module aims to develop skills in identifying research requirements, then designing and implementing investigations to address these requirements within realistic time and resource constraints.
Based on skills gained during the supervised investigation and reporting exercise, small groups of students will then be tasked to design, implement and report on a specified research consultancy brief.
Due to seasonal constraints, the course will be delivered in two cycles between weeks 2 and 6 in semester 1 and between weeks 4 and 8 semester 2.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||In generating report findings from primary data.|
|Communication||In producing assignment reports.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||In developing research and reporting skills.|
|Information Technology||In using data handling and spatial information software.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||In acquiring team working and workplace skills during investigations.|
|Problem solving||In identifying the scope of the initial investigation and subsequent project.|
|Research skills||In developing the research context for report assignments.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Field work and laboratory skills. Problem identification in an environmental management context.|
|Team work||In organizing and undertaking practical investigations.|
This module is at CQFW Level 7