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Module

ACE8041 : Ecosystem Management

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Janet Simkin
  • Lecturer: Mrs Helen Adamson, Dr Simon Peacock
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Non-synchronous online. Research for seminars and assignment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials121:0012:00Non-synchronous online.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00Non-synchronous online.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching52:0010:004 PIP and 6 synchronous online hours.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities112:0012:00Non-synchronous online.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Synchronous online.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study124:0024:00Research and reading beyond the taught material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00PIP.
Total100:00
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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Timetable