- Mr Henry J S Finch (Principal Lecturer - Royal Agricultural University (RAU))
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||20 x 1 Hour Lectures|
|Field Trip||2 x 4 Hour Field Trips|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Woodland visit report.||25%|
|Semester Assessment||Grassland visit report.||25%|
|Semester Exam||1.5 Hours Short answer question paper.||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.||50%|
|Supplementary Exam||1.5 Hours Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.||50%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
For the main groups of British terrestrial habitats, students should be able, where appropriate, to:
1. Outline their classification in a range of appropriate systems;
2. Describe the natural factors influencing their development;
3. Explain the role of humans in their historical development;
4. Describe their current management, usage and issues that arise as a consequence;
5. Identify their conservation value, status and potential;
This module will explore the interrelationships between natural factors and human actions which result in the development of the main groups of terrestrial habitats found in Britain: woodlands; grasslands; coastal, upland and montane communities; heaths and mires, swamps and fens; marginal and transitional habitats; and arable lands. Use of these habitats for varied commercial purposes will be considered alongside their value for wildlife and landscape. The module will consider the extent to which different types of habitat can serve as key components of multi-functional landscapes; the pressures upon these habitats from competing interests; and the designations, policies and schemes that are in place to influence the management of these habitats.
Classification of habitats, the main types of habitat and factors influencing their development.
Historic and modern systems of management and their impact on the habitat.
Commercial and other uses.
Conservation status and condition.
Key species and communities of conservation interest.
Policies, schemes and other mechanisms for the conservation and management of the habitat.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Limited analysis of data undertaken as a component of an assessed report.|
|Communication||Reports to be written in an appropriate scientific writing style.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance|
|Information Technology||Data presented graphically using Excel in assessed reports.|
|Personal Development and Career planning|
|Research skills||Field visits may involve some data collection.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Plant identification in field.|
|Team work||Data collection will be undertaken in small teams.|
This module is at CQFW Level 4