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ACE8041 : Ecosystem Management

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Janet Simkin
  • Lecturer: Mrs Helen Adamson
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to teach understanding of the philosophical and ecological principles underlying the management of ecosystems, particularly for conservation purposes.

Outline Of Syllabus

Emphasis is placed on management for the conservation of biodiversity in the UK.

Part 1: Basic Principles of Ecosystem Management.
Material includes: selection and management of protected areas, managing outside of protected areas, succession, restoration ecology and invasive species management.

Part 2: Ecosystem management in semi-natural and agricultural ecosystems.
Management issues and solutions in different habitats (including agri-environment schemes).

Part 3: Emerging issues in ecosystem management.
e.g. Adapting to climate change and the impacts of nitrogen pollution.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Report
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials121:0012:00Non-synchronous online.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading110:0010:00Research and reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00All PiP
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities112:0012:00preparation for seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork18:008:00PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Synchronous online.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study116:0016:00Research and reading beyond the taught material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00Module Introduction - PIP.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce basic principles and then apply these through detailed examples of ecosystem management in a range of semi natural and agricultural ecosystems. Discussion through seminars enable students to develop their awareness of how scientific research, survey and practical management approaches can be integrated.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M100Management plan for a conservation site. Max 2000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The case study (management plan) will test knowledge and understanding of conservation issues and the application of the scientific method to the solution of conservation management problems. Informal feedback on student-led discussions.

Reading Lists