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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 which all provide the training required to construct a management plan.

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

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

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

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Louise Page

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

  • Either Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of BSc Biology or BSc Conservation Biology or BSc Zoology or BSc Animal Ecology or BSc Marine Biology or BSc Animal Behaviour or BSc Behavioural Biology or MSci Biological Sciences or BSc Biological Sciences (Honours) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences or Bachelor Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management or BSc Ecology or BSc Wildlife Management or BSc Forestry or BSc Forest Sciences or BSc Environmental Science
  • One of EK3301 Applied Forest Ecology (Passed) or EK3801 Applied Forest Ecology (Passed) or EV3301 Timber Harvesting and Measurement (Passed) or FY3304 Silviculture (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Environmental management plans define the objectives of management for a site and set out a programme of activities for a fixed period of time, usually five years, sometimes also setting out a broad long term vision for the site. Fieldwork will be conducted at a local site where you will collect a variety of biological and physical data relevant to the management goals for your plan. With structured support in the classroom, you will set long and short term management objectives, prepare a description of the site, analyse past management practices, develop a planning structure, set out management prescriptions to be adopted, prepare prescriptions for environment, protection, recreation and production (where relevant) and set out a financial forecast for the plan period.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

First Attempt: 100% continuous assessment.

Resit: Similar to 1st attempt, with continuous assessment mark(s) carried forward with an opportunity to resit the component (s) that were failed in the first attempt.

Formative Assessment

  • Presentation of an Outline Management Plan


​Students will receive informal, verbal feedback in the field and during practical sessions. They will receive individual written feedback on summative assessments.

Course Learning Outcomes


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