BIO8066 : Policy and Licensing
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Pete Robertson
- Lecturer: Dr Graham Smith, Dr Clare Fitzsimmons
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
The module will examine how scientific evidence is used to support decision making in the context of wildlife management policy and licensing.
Students will gain:
An in depth knowledge of the legal framework within which UK wildlife policy sits.
Knowledge of how wildlife acts and regulations are used to manage species and habitats in the UK.
Understanding of how research and evidence is used in the formulation of government policy.
Outline Of Syllabus
The module will examine how scientific evidence is used to support decision making in the context of natural resource management policy and licensing.
It will provide an overview of the science-policy interface as it relates to current management practice in the UK and explore the roles of government, agencies, non-government organisations and stakeholders in this process.
It will provide a review of relevant UK law and statutes for enforcement and licensing in relation to species protected areas and commercial operations.
It will examine methods to support evidence-based policy making, including the Defra policy cycle, quantitative decision making and adaptive management. This will include consideration of decision making in the absence of evidence, and the presentation of uncertainty.
It will include practical experience of preparing evidence to present to decision makers, including the use of ministerial submissions.
Lastly, it will examine how evidence is procured and case studies of how stakeholder groups use evidence to influence decision makers.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||21:30||21:30||Ministerial coursework|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||10||1:00||10:00||Convey essential ideas and knowledge|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||30:00||30:00||Deeper engagement with materials in preparation for workshop|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||30:30||30:30||Deeper engagement with material taught in lectures|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||3||2:40||8:00||Practice the application of knowledge to real world examples|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Teaching will be a combination of lectures, seminars, a workshop and independent study with directed reading.
Lectures and seminars will be used to introduce new ideas, factual information and the policy framework. Case study examples will be taught in a workshop using participatory learning, role play and scenario decision making using current UK wildlife examples.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||2||M||100||Ministerial Submision 2000 words|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The course will be assessed by a written assignment that will test the ability to communicate science for policy.