Module Identifier RS20710  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Mr David R Powell  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite Pass in A level Geography, RS14020  
Course delivery Lecture   2 x 1 hour lectures per week  
  Other   4 X 4 HOUR FIELD VISITS  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Supplementary Assessment AS ABOVE  100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Identify, and justify their choice of, the key components that contribute to the landscape character of any given area.

2. Implement a designated landscape assessment methodology for a given study area.

3. Explain how the landscape assessment could be used as the basis for countryside management.

Brief description

Landscape protection and enhancement is widely recognised as being of fundamental importance in management of the countryside. Methods for the recognition of landscape character and value are being developed for use in both academic and applied contexts. This practical and vocational module involves the students undertaking a landscape assessment of a given area in keeping with principles of best professional practice. In so doing students should gain an understanding of the complex relationship between landscape management and the town and country planning system, together with an appreciation of the ever increasing range of non-statutory tools that are used to protect and influence landscape. Using field visits and carrying out a landscape assessment according to an established methodology will provide both realism and relevance in a countryside management context. Skills of analysis, interpretation, evaluation and report preparation will be developed within the framework of countryside protection and enhancement.


Module Skills

Research skills Coursework will require the student to carry out an extensive desk study and integrate this with observations made during field visits.  
Communication A professional standard of report presentation will be required.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will need to draw on knowledge from a range of previous modules.  
Information Technology Students will be expected to make appropriate use of IT both to gather and present information.  
Personal Development and Career planning Skills acquired will be directly relevant to careers with a range of countryside organisations.  

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Bell, S (1999) Landscape: pattern, perception, process E & F N Spon
Usher, M B (editor) (1999) Landscape character: perspectives on management and change The Stationery Office 0114972664


This module is at CQFW Level 5