AP1AE15-Ecology and Environmental Management

Module Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: PLEASE NOTE PLACES ON THIS MODULE ARE RESTRICTED TO BSc ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND BSc ECOLOGY AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION STUDENTS ONLY. We may consider other students, on request, only if places are available
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Miss Rebecca Jerrome

Email: r.m.jerrome@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module is designed to introduce students to interactions between human activity and components of the natural environment, methods for monitoring and assessing them and how such scientific information is used in devising management strategies. The focus is on developing practical skills through relevant field and laboratory work.

Students will be introduced, via a series of lectures, practicals and visits, to the complexity underlying rural and local environments including a range of processes, interactions and management methods and, will receive an introduction to the key scientific skills underlying the investigation of such environments. In addition, the module delivers a range of essential study skills, including referencing, academic writing, oral presentation and the use of information technology (IT) to 'handle' data.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
- Discuss important local habitats and demonstrate an understanding of the demands of competing interest groups.
- Outline the main environmental and management issues associated with a range of habitat types.
- Research, describe and critically evaluate a topical environmental issue.
- Conduct a literature search, demonstrating evidence of wide and critical reading
- Reference correctly using the Harvard Referencing System.
- Clearly communicate information (orally & visually), demonstrating team work and a thorough understanding of a subject area.
- Design and conduct basic experiments in the local environment using appropriate ecological sampling methods.
- Present, analyse and interpret data to reach coherent and reliable conclusions.

Additional outcomes:
Students will:
- be introduced to a range of conservation organisations, understand how they operate and gain knowledge of the career opportunities available in the sector.
- become familiar with plant identification techniques
- be able to undertake a habitat assessment
- use mind mapping to organise information
- develop their ability to
i) create charts using Microsoft Excel,
ii) use Web of Knowledge to find journal papers,
iii) use mind mapping software and
iv) reflect on their learning.

Outline content:
- Field visits to a range of local habitats e.g. chalk grassland, woodland and heathland.
- Experimental design and the completion of research projects.
- Ecological sampling (e.g. invertebrate and botanical sampling) of different habitats.
- Practical sessions in the laboratory.
- Presentations from outside speakers (e.g. Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust).
- Lectures covering landscape designations and research skills (e.g. data handling, searching for literature and correct referencing) .
- Student presentations on topical environmental issues.

Global context:
The investigation of topical environmental issues will cover topics in the UK and from around the world.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module covers a range of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, field visits, ecological sampling and study skills sessions.

Transferable & Specialist skills covered:
- Written communication
- Oral communication
- Habitat management
- Environmental management
- Experimental design
- Ecological sampling
- Information handling (literature search & referencing)
- Information technology skills
- Team work

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12 2
Tutorials 2 2
Practicals classes and workshops 10 10
External visits 8 12 16
Guided independent study 58 58 10
Total hours by term 90.00 84.00 26.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 60
Oral assessment and presentation 20
Class test administered by School 20

Other information on summative assessment:
Some assessments will be based on field visits and experiments undertaken as part of the module. All fieldwork/fieldtrips are, therefore, compulsory.

Formative assessment methods:
Student will undertake a formative assignment based on the Chilterns field visit.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By the submission of a written essay on a new topic.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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