Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Environmental Management
Academic Year
Semester 1
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
This should only be available to Level 0 (FY) students.
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Environmental management report 1  (1,200 words)  50%
Semester Assessment Environmental management report 2  (1,200 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Environmental management report 1  (1,200 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Environmental management report 2  (1,200 words)  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Describe the issues confronting management of the physical environment.

2. Discuss the interplay of physical processes and anthropogenic activity.

3. Appraise the limitations and constraints of environmental management solutions to address environmental problems.

4. Evaluate the ways in which environmental systems are managed for specific purposes.

5. Relate the role of international, national and local policy to environmental management.

Brief description

This module is intended to introduce the student to the extremely broad topic of environmental management from a variety of perspectives. The lectures will lay the theoretical foundation to help the student recognize the types of environmental issues and the range of management techniques used to address them. The assessment of the course will be based entirely on the student's ability to apply these concepts and principles to two actual environmental management problems. In this capacity, students will get an opportunity to grapple with the details of these problems from a professional perspective. The aim of the course is to demonstrate the challenges and benefits of effectively applying geography and environmental science principles to real environmental problems.


The course covers a broad range of topics concerned with the management of environmental systems.

1. Historical attitudes to nature and the environment.
2. Role of international, national and local policy in shaping environmental management practices.
3. Dealing with complexity and uncertainty in environmental systems.
4. Shift from ethos of control to adaptive management.
5. Notions of the natural and sustainability in environmental management.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Students will tackle problems involving numbers and will collate and interpret data.
Communication Students will develop a range of communication skills, including: reading in different contexts and for different purposes; writing for different purposes and audiences; group work.
Improving own Learning and Performance Student will identify their learning patterns and needs and gain experience in both practical and theoretical approaches to learning.
Information Technology Students will use a range of software packages, and develop report writing skills involving information and data.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will develop awareness of their personal skills, as well as the skills necessary to succeed in a job that involves environmental assessment, planning, and problem solving.
Problem solving Students will identify factors and issues relating to the management of the environment, and apply theories and concepts to real life issues.
Research skills Students will undertake an analysis of academic and non-academic sources and produce appropriate reports.
Subject Specific Skills Students will develop awareness of issues relating to environmental management and learn how to effectively apply geographical and environmental principles to existing problems.
Team work Students will develop an understanding of group dynamics, contribute to the setting of group goals, contribute effectively to the planning of group activities, and play an active part in group activities in the field.


This module is at CQFW Level 3