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Course Overview

Field visits to examine river systems and forested catchments provide context and opportunities to discuss a diverse set of environmental management problems with professionals working in the field.

Practical sessions provide structured activities focused on the identification of freshwater invertebrates and applications of GIS approaches for analysing data to support catchment management planning.

You apply theoretical and practical knowledge to a case study, demonstrating your capacity to evaluate site specific data and to interpret relevant legislation and regulation.

Working individually and with a group you will write and present a management plan for a location of your choosing.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Vasilis Louca
  • Dr Louise Page

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Course Description

Catchment management aims to provide a framework for identifying and analysing the major environmental, social, economic, cultural and land-use changes impacting catchment and whole ecosystem areas. It will also examine relevant national and international legislation. This course will also use a series of case studies to highlight the specific concepts and applications and students will be exposed to a number of ecosystem management activities in practice across the whole of N-E Scotland.   Topics covered in the course will include:  physical and chemical characteristics of freshwater and river systems; the role of forests and forest management in soil conservation and catchment management; hydrological models and their applications; GIS applications to ecosystem management; legislation relating to catchment and ecosystem conservation and management; and, management applications: afforestation, constructed wetlands and dam removal.

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 26 - 27
  • 2 Computer Practicals during University weeks 28 - 30
  • 1 Field Course during University weeks 25 - 29
  • 1 Science Laboratory during University week25
  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 25 - 27
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 28 - 30

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Management plan; reflective report; practical problem sets; practical test

Resit assessment: As described in the MSc programme handbook

Formative Assessment

A range of formative exercises will be available throughout the course.


Timely feedback will be provided on both formative and summative assessments.

Course Learning Outcomes


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