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Module DXX-4013:
Management planning

Module Facts

Run by School of Natural Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Mr Ian Harris

Overall aims and purpose

Students will gain an understanding of the conservation management planning process, nationally and internationally. The module assessment allows students to apply knowledge gained to formulate the essential components (feature description; quantifiable conservation objective and performance indicators) of a Conservation Management System (CMS) plan, on an individual basis, for a protected area.

Course content

The module contains a range of topics relevant to conservation management planning generally including: planning principles and evaluation; recreation; archaeological resource management. Management planning for protected sites; local, UK, European and international designations; the CMS planning system; monitoring techniques (Common Standards Monitoring); Use of desktop Geographical Information System (ArcGIS). Risk assessment.

The module provides an opportunity to observe the planning approaches adopted by statutory bodies responsible for the management of protected sites. The quantification of site habitats with respect to the European Habitat classification and GB National Vegetation communities.

Assessment Criteria

excellent

The document is logically structured with the full range of habitat components present. The technical parts of the document show evidence of synthesis with favourable conservation status applied in defining a vision of the feature. The quantifiable objectives are concisely outlined. Performance indicators are complete and appropriately defined. Factors affecting the management of the feature are concisely defined with evidence of critical evaluation and application. The conceptual model of the feature is complete with primary and secondary factors appropriately defined.The standard of presentation is high, including mapping derived from spatial datasets with appropriate cartographic conventions applied. The risk assessment is succinct and complete.

threshold

The document is logically structured and includes appropriate evaluation sections. Habitat components are missing. The technical parts of the document are described coherently but without synthesis of favourable conservation status to the feature. There are some errors in the setting of quantifiable objectives. Performance indicators for particular habitat components are missing or poorly defined. Factors affecting the management of the feature are included but some are poorly evaluated or missing. The conceptual model of the feature has missing components or errors in defining the factors. The standard of presentation is acceptable, with limited use of maps derived from the datasets provided. Risk massessment contains some omissions.

good

The document is logically structured and includes appropriate evaluation. The full range of habitat components are present. The technical parts of the document are described coherently with favourable conservation status applied in defining a vision of the feature. The quantifiable objectives are appropriate. Performance indicators are complete and adequately defined. Factors affecting the management of the feature are complete and appropriately evaluated. The conceptual model of the feature is coherent, without omissions of primary or secondary factors. The standard of presentation is good, including mapping derived from the datasets provided. The risk assessment is complete and appropriate.

Learning outcomes

  1. Be able to describe a major habitat feature at a high level of definition.

  2. Demonstrate an ability to prepare a conservation objective with a favourable conservation status vision and performance indicators for the habitat feature components.

  3. Be able to identify relevant factors, which affect a habitat feature and their relationship with the main management activities.

  4. Demonstrate competence in the production of cartographic output using a desktop geographical information system.

  5. Competence in writing a site risk assessment.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
COURSEWORK CMS planning components 100

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Lecture

Lectures: 9 x 3 hours; 2 x 1 hours;

29
Private study

Private and guided self-study

149
Practical classes and workshops

Computer practicals: 3x2 hour sessions

6
Fieldwork

Site visits: 1 x 8 hours and 2 x 4 hours

16

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)

Subject specific skills

  • Recognize and apply appropriate theories and concepts from a range of disciplines.
  • Consider issues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
  • Apply subject knowledge to the understanding and addressing of problems.
  • Awareness of the concepts of spatial and temporal scale in understanding processes and relationships.
  • Appreciation of the reciprocal nature of human-environmental relationships.
  • Apply appropriate techniques for presenting spatial and/or temporal trends in data.
  • Preparation of effective maps, diagrams and visualizations.
  • Engage in debate and/or discussion with specialists and non-specialists using appropriate language.
  • Undertake field and/or laboratory studies of living systems.
  • Understand the provisional nature of information and appreciate competing and alternative explanations.
  • Recognize the moral, ethical and social issues relating to the subject.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the importance of risk assessment and relevant legislation

Resources

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