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MR4511: CURRENT ISSUES IN MARINE AND COASTAL MANAGEMENT (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:32


Course Overview

This core, ‘capstone’ course is designed to develop further students’ critical understanding of the contemporary intellectual and real-world contexts in which MCRM operates.  The course involves the preparation of seminar presentations and short papers on a selection of the most important coastal and marine issues facing society around the world.   This work should showcase new philosophies and methodologies, and/or the relationships between MCRM and other academic disciplines; and/or applications of MCRM to real-world problems.  Students also consider how they can best make use of their degree after graduation, with preparation of a reflective, career-planning report.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Nicholas Spedding

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

A selection of the most important past, present and future coastal and marine issues facing society around the world will be explored by staff and students. Some typical examples might be: the impact of sea level rise and climate change on coastal communities around the world; coastal disasters such as hurricanes and tsunami on coastal settlements eg, New Orleans, Indonesia; current technologies for monitoring, mapping and modelling the marine and coastal environment; renewable energies such as wind and wave power and their impact on the environment; the environmental impact of offshore gas and oil exploration activities and the development of future unmanned platforms; tools for the effective management of the coast eg, Marine Spatial Planning (MSP); implementing European legislation eg, the Water Framework Directive; the role of coastal fora in management of the UK coast; capacity building in ICZM; the sustainable coast; the role of European funding projects in the future of coastal management; implementing a spatial data infrastructure (SDI) for data collection and sharing; linking science and policy, etc.

Further Information & Notes

To develop a wider knowledge, understanding, and appreciation for past, present, and future issues that face coastal communities around the world.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Mar & Coastal Res Man't (Honours)

Contact Teaching Time

58 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: In-course assessment: 3 short essays/reports (60%) and 1 seminar presentation (40%).
Resit: No resit possible.

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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