|| RD15630 |
|| PRACTICAL ESTATE SKILLS |
|| 2004/2005 |
|| Richard Collins |
|| Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters) |
| Course delivery
|| Practical || 2 x 8 hour practicals per week |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment|| Continuous assessment Semester 1||40%|
|Semester Assessment|| Continuous assessment Semester 2||40%|
|Semester Assessment|| Written assignment||20%|
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module students should be able to:
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 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 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.
Evaluate and plan a practical project.
a. The potential benefits are evaluated.
b. The task is planned, taking into account the site and any legal constraints.
c. Suitable scenarios are presented.
d. Materials are specified.
e. Time/labour requirements are estimated.
f. Costs/benefits are estimated.
At least one from the following: wooden footbridge; boundary maintenance; greenwood working.
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
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'r work and self confidence. It also provides first-hand experience of the countryside. An essential element of practical estate work is the fulfillment of legal obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974). These skills and knowledge are an integral part of many areas of the profession. The countryside manager may also find his/her role includes supervision of craftsmen and volunteers. Clearly a sound knowledge and experience of practical work methods would be an advantage. The module includes: carrying out practical estate work to a competent standard safely and efficiently; leading volunteers safely with confidence and enthusiasm; helping to understand the countryside resource and its management; evaluating and costing projects in the implementation of management plans.
Many of these skills form a fundamental part of the industrial placement and thus this module plays a critical role in preparing students for this period and in increasing their employment prospects.
.1 Independent project work
Written costings assignment
.3 Use and analysis of numerical information
Written costings assignment
.5 Oral discussion and presentation
.6 Careers need awareness
All the learning activities in this module are directly related to commercial practice and consequently provide a very effective means of raising career awareness.
Time-management, motivation, and self-discipline are all essential requirements in this module.
.8 Group activity
Students are required to work in groups throughout the module.
Abbott, M Greenwood crafts
British Trust for Conservation Volunteers Practical handbooks: Hedging; Fencing; Tool Care; Tree Planting and Aftercare; Woodlands
This module is at CQFW Level 4