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NES3104 : Countryside Management

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Guy Garrod
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Exam preparation and revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion135:0035:00Funding exercise (Formative)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture321:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity321:0032:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity166:0066:00Directed research and reading
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 of management problems.
Workshops will help students to develop the funding proposal for Assignment 1 and drop-ins will provide an opportunity for students to ask questions about revision material. If exam length is reduced to 135 minutes then the format of the exam will change to 2 questions from 5. Summative written exercise length should be 1700 words (needs a little extra as the application form requires some factual information which will not be considered in the marking).

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 (1700 words)
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MPolicy Brief - 1000 word policy brief on a contemporary management issue.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessed exercise reflects real-life funding challenges, while the formative assessment encourages students to reflect on the challenges of a contemporary policy issue. 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 contemporary problems in countryside management.

Reading Lists