ACE1008 : Environment and Land Resources

  • Module Leader(s): Dr Elizabeth Stockdale
  • Owning School: Agriculture, Food & Rural Development
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This Module aims to provide the environmental background required to understand and assess the land resource mosaic in both natural habitats and managed agroecosystems. This requires development of an understanding of how climate, vegetation, hydrology, geological substrate, topography and time interact to determine land quality. A range of current land resource issues and factors determining land use are considered.
The module will encourage the handling, evaluation and judgement of information from several disciplines. It provides the background for more detailed studies of soils, vegetation ecology, and sustainable land management at Stages 2 and 3.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module provides the background information and skills needed to understand and assess the land resource mosaic in the UK, including consideration of natural habitats and managed agro-ecosystems.
The module develops an understanding of how climate, geology, topography, time and vegetation interact to determine land quality.
Lectures and practical classes are integrated.
A range of current land resource issues and factors determining land use are considered.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Preparation of reports for assessment after tutorials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:302:30Preparation and completion of Blackboard MCQ tests after practical classes
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Semester 1 examination and revision of taught materials (lectures, tutorials, practicals)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical22:004:00Computer Classes
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading13:003:00Tutorial preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical43:0012:00Students split into two groups by degree programmes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Tutorials in degree programme groups to evaluate research and or carry out problem solving exercises
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork15:005:00Students split into 2 groups by degree programmes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study127:3027:30Lecture follow up and background reading
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

An integrated programme of lectures, practicals and tutorials allows material to be introduced and then handled in a variety of ways.
The field trip provides an introduction to the range of issues to be tackled in the remainder of the course and a chance to learn some preliminary field observation skills.
Lectures provide core information and also allow students to consider integration of aspects of the material introduced in earlier lectures into more complex case studies in later lectures.
Practical classes allow further hands on integration of ideas and resources, including the development of practical skills and group working.
Small group teaching in tutorials allows more in depth discussion and problem solving in groups.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M252 x Blackboard MCQs testing application of information recorded in practical classes
Report1M252 X 4 page reports presenting follow up exercises after tutorials
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Follow up exercises after the tutorials and practicals allow students to consolidate, develop and integrate materials and apply them to materials beyond the case studies presented in lectures. The exercises are spaced throughout the first term providing regular feedback on progress and development of understanding to staff and students.

The examination consists of 4 compulsory short answer questions which test the students' knowledge of key material taught throughout the course. These are accompanied by a selected (1 from 3) longer answer question which allows students to integrate materials from across the lectures, tutorials, practicals and beyond showing their broader understanding of the knowledge outcomes.

Reading Lists

Timetable

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