ACE1010 : Environment and Land use Field Course
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Mrs Helen Adamson
- Demonstrator: Dr Amy Proctor
- Lecturer: Dr Elisa Lopez-Capel
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
The module supports students to develop their understanding of the issues affecting rural landscapes and communities and to build their portfolio of research skills used in investigations of rural landscapes and communities. A combination of lectures and workshops will be used to support students skills development which will be mainly achieved during field visits. Key concepts and contemporary issues relevant to rural landscapes and communities will be introduced in the scoping sessions supported by guided reading and then explored in field visits which will be selected to give a broad overview of land use, land management, rural communities, rural policy and planning and their interactions at regional and local levels. The field visits will also be used to provide practical opportunities for students to learn and then practice a range of skills.
Outline Of Syllabus
Students will be introduced to the factors affecting land use change and the potential conflicts that might arise due to multiple land uses in rural areas. Field visits have been selected to give an overview of the policy institutions responsible for rural policy implementation, including local government, landscape designations and to allow the interaction of physical and social factors affecting rural landscape quality and quality of life to be examined.
The key skills sets that will be developed are:
Basic habitat survey (applying Phase 1 and Phase 2 methods as appropriate)
Basic study of land resources (describing a soil profile, assessing land use capability)
Simple methos to determine river flow and water quality
Surveys and qualitative methods as applied to study issues in rural communities
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||1||2:00||2:00||Introductory session|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||4||5:00||20:00||Writing up field notes / compiling short reports|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||4||4:00||16:00||Background reading and preparation ahead of field visits|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||4||2:00||8:00||Preparation to develop skills and/or carry out scoping ahead of field visits|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||4||7:00||28:00||Practical sessions in the field to practise skills|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||26:00||26:00||Research and reading to develop personal understanding of topics beyond course material|
Jointly Taught With
|ACE1045||Investigating Rural Landscapes|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The Module is introduced and students directed to key reading materials during the first practical class.
The students then prepare themselves for the fieldwork through scoping exercises in the practical class in the week before the trip.
Most work is based in the field where students undertake structured exercises in order to introduce major concepts. This learning is consolidated by the need to compile the field notes and use them to interpret observations and make judgements of the implications for land use.
Students will develop their own research proposal which will enable them to consolidate their understanding.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||2||M||100||Short reports (4, 2-3 pages, worth 25% each) associated with the field visits to develop key skill sets (LOs 1, 5, 6, 7, 8)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
All students will show the achievement of the basic skill set needed to study rural landscapes and communities (LOs 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 - see learning outcomes) through submission of short reports following each of the field classes.