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Module

ACE1045 : Investigating Rural Landscapes

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Helen Adamson
  • Other Staff: Dr Elisa Lopez-Capel
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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

In the second part of the Module, students will be supported to design, plan and execute a small research study in groups. This will allow students to develop their research skills rather than simply apply a given recipe of methods and to report on this study in an appropriate technical manner.

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 methods to determine river flow and water quality
* Surveys and qualitative methods as applied to study issues in rural communities

In the second part of the Module students will work in small groups (4-6 students) to design and plan a research study in groups to investigate an aspect of a rural landscape or community. Students will be supported to select an appropriate range of methods, apply them and analyse the data collected to answer a simple research question

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable