Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Other 4 - 6 day residential course at a location in the UK


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Detailed scientific field report  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3  100%
Supplementary Assessment Candidates will be required to submit an essay based on the field studies  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Interpret, through field observation, the development of key landscapes and habitats in relation to environmental factors and historical and current management practices.

2. Apply appropriate field technicques to describe and quantify the distribution and abundance patterns of organisms in relation to environment factors.

3. Analyse and interpret field observations in an appropriate manner, producing a report using appropriate scientific terminology and style.


This module is intended to provide students, particularly those of Countryside Management and Countryside Conservation, with an integrative field based learning experience within which they can draw and develop upon material delivered across the range of their first year environmental science modules. The module will take the form of a residential field course of between 4 and 6 days duration to be held within the United Kingdom. The aims of the module are:
  • To develop an understanding of the complex interrelationships between geology, geography, history and current management practice that contribute to the development of landscapes and habitats.
  • To illustrate fundamental ecological principles.
  • To develop skills in the recording and interpretation of field observations.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Numerical field data will be collected, displayed and analysed. Assessment of this skill will contribute to the mark for the module.
Communication Field reports must be submitted in an appropriate scientific style. Assessment of this skill will contribute to the mark for the module.
Improving own Learning and Performance As the module will take the form of an intensive residential field course, a high level of organisation and personal responsibility wil be required of the participants.
Personal Development and Career planning Field visits are likely to involve opportunities for discussion of current issues in management of the countryside related to careers for graduates. There may be opportunities to meet with individuals involved in the management of sites.
Team work Field data collection will take place in small groups who will be responsible for reporting back results to the whole class. The residential nature of the field course will require students to operate in a 'community' environment.

Reading List

General Text
Chapman J L and Reiss, M J (1992) Ecology: Principles and application Cambridge University Press Primo search Fitter R, Fitter A and Blamey M (1996) Collins pocket guide: wildflowers of Britain and Northern Europe 5th edition Harper Collins Primo search Rackham O (1993) The history of the countryside J M Dent Primo search Rieley, J O and Page, S E (1990) Ecology of plant communities - a phytosociological account of the British vegetation Weidenfeld and Nicholson Primo search Rose, F (1981) The wildflower key Warne Primo search Toghill, P (2000) The geology of Britain: an introduction Swan Hill Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4