|Module Title||PRACTICAL ESTATE SKILLS|
|Co-ordinator||Mr Stephen Walsh|
|Semester||Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)|
|Assessment||Continuous assessment||Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6||40%|
|Course work||Costing assessment Outcomes assessed: 5||20%|
|Project report||Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6||15%|
|Practical exercise||Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6||25%|
Practical estate work is often the first step in a career in countryside management. Such experience develops practical skills and knowledge, accompanied by a sense of pride in one's work and self confidence. It also provides first hand experience of the countryside. An essential element of practical estate work is the fulfilment of legal obligations under the HASAWA 1974. These skills and knowledge are an integral part of many areas of the profession.
The countryside manager may also find his/her role to include supervision of craftsmen and volunteers. Clearly a sound knowledge and experience of practical work methods would be important.
The module involves: -
Demonstrate safe working practices and compliance with health and safety legislation
a. Practical work tasks are carried out safely
b. Safety clothing is worn on all appropriate occasions
c. Knowledge of health and safety requirements is demonstrated
Personnel - Contractors, employees, peers, public, volunteers
Clothing - Footwear, gloves, hats, ear and eye protection
Legislation - COSHH, Health and Safety At Work Act 1974
Demonstrate a knowledge of first aid procedures.
a. The immediate safety of the first aider and non-involved people is put before that of the patient.
b. Emergency resuscitation procedures are understood
c. The ability to communicate with emergency services is demonstrated
d. First Aid procedures for physical injuries are identified
Responsibilities for - Individuals and small groups
Situations - Offices, Workshops, out of doors.
Demonstrate the necessary practical skills to undertake essential countryside tasks in a safe, competent and efficient manner.
a. Countryside practical tasks are performed
b. Basic woodworking skills are demonstrated
c. Tools are maintained, selected, used and transported to and from site safely.
Tasks - Post and wire fencing, post and rail fencing, stile installation, tree planting, or closely related tasks
Woodwork - A bird box and a stile
Tools - Hand tools, maintenance at start and end of use
Demonstrate the necessary skill to use and maintain mechanical equipment associated with countryside management tasks safely.
a. The uses of mechanical equipment are understood
b. Basic operations with mechanical equipment are performed
c. Routine maintenance procedures are identified
Uses - The application of several hand held and machine-mounted power tools
Operation and maintenance of at least one hand held power tool.
Design and plan practical tasks.
a. The task is planned according to site and legal constraints
b. Suitable designs are presented
c. Materials' specification is given
d. Timing and labour requirements are estimated
e. Costs are estimated
Tasks - At least one of the following, small wooden footbridges, tree planting schemes,
access project, boundary maintenance
a. Map symbols are interpreted
b. Contours are used to identify landforms
c. Grid References are used to find and refer to locations
d. Map and compass are used to navigate on the ground
Scale - Ordnance Survey 1:10,000, 1:25,000, 1:50,000
Situation - Lowland