|Delivery length / details
|4 x 8 Hour Field Trips
|Assessment length / details
|Report. A critical appraisal of a pre-defined aspect of countryside management considering strategic drivers of land use and practical implications for habitat and wildlife species conservation, scenic integrity of landscape, access and recreation, tourism and visitor management, environmental education and maintaining rural communities.
|Candidates must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Evaluate the socio-economic and environmental factors affecting land use and management of the countryside for multiple objectives (including Ecosystem Services)
2. Identify and evaluate the policies and land management approaches taken by the land-based industries to countryside capital and by organizations with responsibilities for sustainable use of the rural environment.
3. Critically assess the organizational role and operational practices of a range of land management and policy organizations.
This 10 credit module will be split between field visits, thematic workshops and personal scholarly research. Teaching and learning activities will include visits to local countryside sites managed for different objectives by different organizations or private owners. The visits will be integrative and cover the whole spectrum of countryside management from conservation to recreation. Workshop sessions, several with guest facilitators from the countryside professions, will allow in depth study of the issues associated with the management of countryside capital and evaluation of the interaction between national policies, legislation and the policies of key organizations and the methods of practical management that they employ.
- Habitat and wildlife species conservation
- Scenic integrity of landscape
- Access and recreation
- Tourism and visitor management
- Environmental education
- Maintaining rural communities.
|Application of Number
|Analysis and presentation of data may be involved as appropriate to visits.
|Written communication will be developed through the assignment. Verbal communication will be developed during the visits, expression of complex land use issues in workshops (groups), in small group working (groups) and seminars (individuals). Presentations in seminars.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Personal scholarly research associated with workshops and seminars and assignment.
|The assignment should be word processed and student will need to use IT to research and present their findings.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Visits will include meetings with organizations and individuals directly involved with countryside careers.
|Quantitative analysis is not a significant component of the module.
|Students will be required to carry out detailed research as part of the assignment.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Small working group and workshop activities.
This module is at CQFW Level 6