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NES8101 : Ecosystem Management

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Janet Simkin
  • Lecturer: Dr Helen Adamson
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


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 completion131:0031:00Report and presentation
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials31:003:00Online Lecture Materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture42:008:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading110:0010:00Research and reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00This will be taught in seminar groups
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities112:0012:00preparation for seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork18:008:00Fieldwork activties
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Present in person sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study116:0016:00Research and reading beyond the taught material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00Module Introduction
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
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2MPresentation to the class to introduce their chosen site for the management plan. Max 5 mins.
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 presentations will support this and help students prepare the assignment.

Reading Lists