Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Public Goods
Academic Year
Distance Learning
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Interactive tasks  (Minimum 1200 words)  25%
Semester Assessment Literature review  (2500 words)  35%
Semester Assessment Case study  (2500 words)  40%
Supplementary Assessment As applicable  (A student must retake elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to module failure)  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Explain the current and future challenges in public goods provision.

2. Assess important public goods, their interactions and approaches to valuing them.

3. Evaluate and compare options for the governance of public goods.

4. Assess the future for public goods provision.

Brief description

This module is part of the Bioinnovation Wales courses. The module will teach students what public goods are, how they can be valued and measured, how they interact and the options for their management. It will look at the future of the public goods agenda in the context of global change.


What are public goods?
Soil & water as public goods
Air as a public good
Biodiversity as a public good
Culture as a public good
Health as a public good
Systems perspective on public goods
Valuing public goods
Governing public goods provision
The future of public goods

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Students will be required to examine and synthesize quantitative data from a range of publications and databases in their assignments.
Communication Students will be expected to communicate complex research outputs to their peers or module coordinator in the interactive tasks and also through other assignments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Detailed feedback will be given on assignments, providing general guidance towards the student’s next assignment – especially with the formative assignment, completed before any summative assignments.
Information Technology Students will be required to source information from a variety of scientific publication data bases and to use Blackboard for all aspects of the module.
Personal Development and Career planning This module will provide the students with the latest research into supply systems and technologies to help them provide the most up-to-date information/advice to their colleagues/clients in the bio-based industries.
Problem solving Interactive tasks will be used to help develop and improve students’ problem solving skills, through use of questions that present theoretical problems for the students to solve. In addition the case study will require students to address a specific problem.
Research skills Through the module students will be required to undergo directed self-study, improving their literature research skills and to gather information for assignments. As well as receiving feedback from assignments that will offer advice on information synthesis.
Subject Specific Skills Evaluation of public goods. Identification of different types of and interactions between public goods; experience in how to assess and implement new concepts/ideas.
Team work Interactive tasks will require students to debate among themselves and develop consensus.


This module is at CQFW Level 7