UNIT TITLE: Principles of Environmental Management
CREDIT POINTS: 20
UNIT CODE: EGP405
FHEQ LEVEL: 4
DELIVERING FACULTY: Maritime and
UNIT DESIGNATION: Traditional
Date validated: May 2013
Date last modified: N/A
delivery model: PC
Max & Min Student No: N/A
TOTAL STUDENT WORKLOAD
Students are required to attend and participate in all the formal scheduled sessions for
the unit. Students are also expected to manage their directed learning and independent
y in support of the unit.
REQUISITES AND CO
This unit provides an introduction to the concepts and principles behind the management
of the environment, or more particularly the management of our interaction with
environment. The unit will equip students with knowledge of the nature and exploitation
of environmental resources, habitats and species; the conflict between resource uses; and
the ways of mitigating some of these conflicts through management. The u
nit will include
the application of principles through practical measures and techniques, with comparisons
being drawn between terrestrial and marine environments. The unit will also provide
students with an introduction to sustainability and sustainable
On successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:
Knowledge and Understanding
Describe the nature of anthropogenic environmental impacts.
Discuss the concept of sustainable development.
Examine key underpinning concepts and principles of environmental management.
Compare and contrast the management of terrestrial and marine environments.
Practical and Professional Skills
Apply a systems approach to
Transferable and Key Skills
Effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
AREAS OF STUDY
The principal areas of study relate to understanding the nature of environmental
management both in terms of its meaning and its application, as well as
to the dominant
paradigm of sustainable development. The principles of environmental management will
be reviewed including: biodiversity and conservation; ecosystem based approaches;
process based environmental management units such as sediment cells and
relative and absolute measures of environmental quality; environmental change and
pollution; resource efficiency and carrying capacity.
LEARNING AND TEACHING STRATEGY
Formal lectures will explore the key issues involved in environmental
management whilst the
tutorial work will focus on student understanding of these issues through case study analysis
and focussed discussions. These discussions will cover the issues and types of problems likely
to be encountered in the examination. To f
urther support the summative assessment,
tutorials will also be used to develop and practise presentation skills as well as addressing the
key elements of examination technique.
The presentation will require students to work in pairs
. They will be asked to choose a
general topic area from a predetermined list of environmental management issues and
then to identify a specific case study in in order to carry out more detailed research. This
will be done under supervision during tutori
als. They will then present a review of this
case study and will be marked on the basis of their presentation, a single mark being given
to the pair.
The examination will test knowledge relayed throughout the course and will be supported
amination preparation sessions given during tutorials.
10 minutes per pair
Aggregation of marks
The marks for each element of assessment will be aggregated to give an overall mark for
Reassessment will involve revising and re
delivering the presentation in the light of
Students will be required to complete a re
Unit Author: Anthony Gallagher
Date of version: May 2013