ACE8041 : Ecosystem Management

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. To gain an understanding of the methods used to manage habitats and the scientific tools used to assess and develop these methods and monitor their success. Increase knowledge of the basic principles of population, community and ecosystems ecology. To gain better awareness of new and emerging topics in ecosystem management, particularly the management of global environmental change. This module will give students an understanding of the issues faced by ecosystem managers and the solutions to these management problems.

Outline Of Syllabus

Emphasis is placed on management for the conservation of biodiversity. Students are first taught the basic principles or ecosystem management before being shown more detailed examples of management activities in a range of terrestrial ecosystems including grasslands, arable systems, heathlands woodlands and wetlands. In the final part of the course students discuss emerging topics in ecosystem management such as the adaptation of conservation management methods in a changing climate.

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 completion120:0020:00Preparation of management plan
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Research for seminars and assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Seminar
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study118:0018:00Research and reading beyond the taught material
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study118:0018:00Follow up of lecture material
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 specific site
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.

Reading Lists