2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
BLGY5116M Habitat Management
10 creditsClass Size: 60
Module manager: Dr Steve Compton
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryAn introductory lecture, followed by a series of site visits to meet land managers and Natural England representatives. The module concludes with a series of student seminars where groups present their vision of how one particular reserve should be managed in the future.Individuals provide executive summaries of their proposals. Groups also organise their own field visits to assess reserve quality from the perspective of dead wood feeding organisms.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module students will be familiar with a range of habitats and conservation management practices used on them, and will be able to understand issues inherent in designing, implementing and evaluating habitat management changes.
Knowledge of a range of habitats, their key biodiversity features, the threats they face and how management seeks to avert these threats.
Also, knowledge of the reserve management cycle and of management practices relevant to each habitat.
Observational skills and land management skills. Also oral skills.
The module is taught largely on location at a series of natural England reserves, SSSIs and other sites of conservation interest in the region, chosen to reflect a wide range of habitats and management issues.
Each session will provide a brief introduction to the sites and its habitats and will focus on a particular management practice and stage of the decision-making and implementation process.
Details of site locations will vary from year to year. The site visits will be supplemented with an introductory lecture on conservation objectives, and will culminate in a team exercise to address a current conservation management issue.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||58.00|
|Total Contact hours||42.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private study- Related reading and report writing.
- Also a group field exercise is carried out independently.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackBased on marks obtained in assignments.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Assignment||Executive summary (2 pages) for a nature reserve management plan||50.00|
|Group Project||Team project on a regeneration scheme - presented as a powerpoint||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/04/2019
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