Module Identifier BSM3010  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Joanne V Hamilton  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Joanne V Hamilton, Dr Dylan G Jones, Dr Joanne S Porter  
Mutually Exclusive  
Course delivery Lecture   5 Hours. Formal Lectures 11 class hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   6 Hours. Seminars/Tutorials to include introductory session and abstracting  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment LIT REVIEW ON SELECTED TOPIC (2500 WORDS)  80%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of Semester Assessments   

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
evaluate approaches used to solve problems in managing the environment e.g. application of ecological principles to restoration problems

research and synthesise information in the literature, publications from government and non-government organizations and the web

critically evaluate data quantity and quality and contextualise it in a specific study area

Brief description

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop their critical abilities in specialized areas within the overall remit of Managing the Environment. Research skills will be enhanced through seminars given by both internal and external experts, scrutiny of the literature and databases and the production of abstracts and a literature review.

Module Skills

Problem_solving Through the lectures students will become aware of specific problems in managing the environment and gain experience of current solutions.  
Research skills Students will research topics beyond the depth and scope of the lecture material. Information from a variety of sources will be the object of scrutiny and comment.  
Communication The production of a balanced and objective literature review. Listening skills for the lectures and subsequent discussion in tutorials. Construction of abstracts.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Outside the formal contact hours, students will be expected to research materials, manage time and meet deadlines.  
Team work Not applicable other than contributions to discussion in tutorials.  
Information Technology Accessing the web for sources. Software packages required to produce a literature review.  
Application of Number Scrutiny of data in terms of quality and quantity.  
Personal Development and Career planning Students will gain confidence in their ability to evaluate problems in the environment and objectively assess the quality of proposed solutions  


This module is at CQFW Level 7