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ACE3016 : Countryside Management

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Guy Garrod
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To consolidate and supplement material acquired earlier in the course and to apply it to countryside management issues and problems ranging from the role of non-government organisations in the countryside, to country sports, agri-environment instruments and public participation in countryside recreation. In particular students should understand the importance of a strategic framework for countryside management and appreciate how this framework can be applied to key management tasks.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. The Management Framework
Organisations in the countryside; the aims and objectives of countryside management.
2. Countryside Management Issues
The provision of public and private goods in the countryside; the role of the National Lottery in supplying countryside goods; country sports; managing countryside information; the demand for countryside recreation.
3. Approaches to Countryside Management
Regulatory and incentive mechanisms for countryside management; countryside access; management agreements; managing demand for countryside recreation; participation in countryside recreation.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture321:0032:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Funding exercise
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Exam preparation and revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity321:0032:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity176:0076:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and small group teaching provide the basic knowledge framework and appropriate further reading will provide additional insights that together will enable students to critically analyse a range of countryside management problems and suggest and evaluate a range of potential approaches to solving them. Open discussions within lectures will provide further opportunities to articulate and develop alternative approaches to the achievement of key countryside management objectives. They will also provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate that, when appropriate, they can suggest new hypotheses, and show initiative and orginality in applying their knowledge to the solution ofmanagement problems.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A70N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M30Group exercise: preparing and presenting a funding proposal to an external funder
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessed exercise tests students' abilities to apply material from this module and other courses to solving key management problems in the countryside. The end-of-year exam tests students' ability to integrate and apply the theoretical and applied material presented in the course in order to identify and critically evaluate approaches available to tackle contemporaray problems in countryside management.

Reading Lists