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EV5801: ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLAN (2020-2021)

Last modified: 06 Aug 2020 12:50


Course Overview

Students examine why and how management plans are created for conservation and other sites. Field work in a multiple use site is followed by data analysis, practical tasks and writing provides training required to construct a management plan.

Structured practical sessions provide experience with spreadsheets, ArcGIS and other technical software and increases your confidence with data handling and analysis.

The main assignment in the form of a management plan allows you to develop your skills to a professional standard.

The mixture of science and management offers you a unique range of skills required by employers.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
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What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Course Aim
to develop an understanding of the need for management plans for conservation and/or woodland sites and the processes required to create such plans.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course the students should:
• understand the need for management plans and their role in environmental management
• be aware of conservation designations and relevant UK legal restrictions and understand how they may affect land management decisions
• understand the planning process for environmental management plans
• be able to create a management plan for a given site
• be able to draw up budgets for operational plans and be aware of possible sources of funding (in the UK)
• be able to use GIS to produce maps of a professional standard suitable for an environmental management plan
Course Content
• Role of management plans
• Content of management plans for conservation and/or woodland management
• The planning process
• Statutory designations, both UK and international (e.g. SSSI and SAC), and legal restrictions (UK only)
• The use of official guidelines and voluntary standards (e.g. forest certification) in management planning
• Planning at different levels, e.g. strategic plans and site / operational plans
• Budgets and financial appraisal, including sources of funding
• The use of online tools to aid management planning, e.g. the Scottish Government’s Land Information Search tool and the Forestry Commission’s Ecological Site Classification
• Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in management planning
• Field visits to the site used for the management plan assignment


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 31 - 34, 38
  • 2 Tutorials during University weeks 31 - 34, 38

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Management Plan and Presentation of an Outline of Plan

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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of failed elements

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