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  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: September 2018
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 Honours degree or above in an appropriate field of study. Individual consideration is given to mature students with significant and relevant experience, and with professional qualifications.
Conservation and Resource Management mres

Module details

Students must choose two optional modules across semester one and two in consultation with the Programme Director.

Compulsory modules

Conservation and Resource Management Field Course (ENVS431)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims
  • To teach techniques of assessing conservation status and resource management
  • To provide examples in the field of species and ecosystems under threat.
  • To provide an introduction to standard methods of assessment in a range of ecosystems (terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and marine).
  • To provide an introduction to the history of conservation in the UK
  • To provide an introduction to conservation management problems in a range of situations.
  • To use a combination of the above to define and execute a small research project for a defined ecosystem
Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

 

​Work co-operatively as a small group to devise a project

​Carry out an ecosystem assessment and evaluation

​Describe an ecosystem in terms using appropriate recognized standards.

​Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of the key policies and legislation in appropriate regions and fields

​Apply team work for the production of a report and oral presentation

Advanced Statistics for Biological Research (LIFE707)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterContinuing Education Session
Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
Aims

The aim of this module is to  enable students to analyse biological data by

1. Choice of appropriate statistical approaches to test hypotheses;

2. Critical understanding of the use of a range of advanced statistical tests for appropriate analysis and model fitting  of a range of biological datasets;

3. Using the software package, R.

4. Synthesizing information, summarising statistical findings and using  hypothesis testing to critically review  evidence from experimental data to support conclusions.

    Learning OutcomesUse appropriate statistical approaches to test hypotheses.

    ​Critically evaluate a range of advanced statistical tests for appropriate analysis and modelling of a range of biological datasets.

    Use the software package, R, for these statistical tests and modelling of data

    Synthesise information from data analysis, test statistical hypotheses and critically review evidence to support conclusions.​

    Dissertation - Mres Environmental Sciences (ENVS497)
    LevelM
    Credit level120
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop the ability to carry out an individual research project building on the knowledge and skills acquired elsewhere in the programme.

    Learning Outcomes

    In a format suitable for their programme and discipline area, students will demonstrate the ability to:            

    ​Execute an individual research project

    ​Seek appropriate advice and support when necessary and plan their time accordingly

    ​Select appropriate research strategies and undertake appropriate methods of data collection and analysis

    ​Keep clear records of their project and present these in a portfolio of research evidence

    ​Be able to synthesize different information sources to form coherent arguments and relate research findings to relevant applied issues

    ​Write up the results of the research project and interpret the findings in light of the broader knowledge base and literature

    ​Use bibliographies, referencing and citations in the appropriate and correct manner to support their academic work undertaken.

    Optional modules

    Human Impacts On Environments (ENVS485)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to provide students with:

    • The opportunity to conduct in depth piece of research on a chosen topic within the broad theme of human impacts on the environment.
    • Provide students with training in research methods and critical analysis techniques
    • Teach them to write a short concise abstract (in a conference format)
    • To present the results in the form of a high impact, high quality A0 poster.

    Learning Outcomes1. Demonstrate an understanding of human interactions on the enivronment;




      ​2. Knowledge of a series of key case studies illustrating interactions between human activities and terrestrial and marine ecosystems;

      ​3. Critically analyse and assess previously published materials and synthesize into an appropriate case study;

      ​4. Write a concise abstract;

      ​5. Demonstrate knowledge of poster development and construction;

      ​6. Present a poster in a professional manner.

      Politics of the Environment (ENVS525)
      LevelM
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      This unit is designed to critically evaluate the political responses to the growing impact that environmental issues and the concept of sustainability are having on decision making at all levels of governance, (international, national and local). More specifically the unit aims to: 

      1)         develop a critical understanding of the growing importance of environmental and sustainable development thinking in political decision-making processes; 

      2)         explore different environmental attitudes, values and perspectives and examine the impact on various political perspectives;  

      3)         develop a critical understanding of the opportunities and limitations of environmental decision making international dimension of environmental politics and its impact on nation states; 

      4)         understand the role that environmental pressure groups have in shaping political decisions at the international, national and local levels of governance; 

      5)         critically evaluate the policy responses at national and local levels to the new emerging environmental agenda

      Learning Outcomes

            a critical appreciation of how environmental issues are being addressed at all levels of governance;       

       

      ​ a critical understanding of different environmental values and attitudes and the way that these impact upon political philosophy and decision-making;

      ​a critical understanding of the way that various environmental interest groups impact on political and other decision making processes.

      Advanced Ecology (ENVS412)
      LevelM
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The aim of this module is to provide students with:

      • A clear and critical appreciation of ecological theory.
      • Information on statistical methods appropriate to community ecology.
      • The ability to apply scientific rigour when critically assessing the options available for conservation action in any given case.
      • The ability to present balanced, critical written accounts on scientific issues.
      Learning Outcomes

      On successful compeltion of this module students should have a knowledge and critical understanding of community ecology, specifically below:    

      Have understanding of aspects of macro-ecology.

      ​Discuss current scientific approaches and their uses

      ​Access, understand and summarise scientific information

      ​Have a knowledge of communtiy analysis using multivariate tools

      Geographic Information Science (ENVS609)
      LevelM
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      ​Understand how digital representations of the real world can be created within a GIS including the referencing of geographic features

      To gain familiarity with the unique properties of geographic data including spatial autocorrelation and modifiable areal units

      Appreciate that there are uncertainties in the creation of geographic representations

      Develop skills in the basic use of GIS to create digital representations and underatnd their constraints within a framework of GIScience​

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Gain a sound understanding of the function, concepts  and features of a Geographic Information System

      ​Understand those constraints and considerations that are required when implementing a GIS to build geographic representations

      ​Develop practical skills in the application of a GIS to those data types often associated with a student''s disciplinary area

      Coastal Environments: Spatial and Temporal Change (ENVS576)
      LevelM
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

        This module aims to consider the response of physical processes and coastal environments to changes in sea-level and climate. Attention is given to the geomorphology of coastal environments, its response to external agents, as well as to possible coastal managment strategies. The module aims at proving students with knowledge and understanding of the physical processes acting along coastal areas, and to promote students capability to critically understand pros and cons of different managment tecniques in relation to future climate change.

      Learning Outcomes

      Critical understanding of physical aspects of coastal environments from a fluid-mechanics and morphodynamic point of view. Comprehensive understanding of the basic laws of physics behind such processes.

      ​​In depth and critical understanding of the concept of: spatial and temporal variation, physical processes and landforms, spatial and temporal scales, their relative influences and interactions.

      ​Critically understand environments as a result of processes and form interactions. Critically evaluate the relative importance of external agents based on their magnitude, frequency, and spatial characterization.

      ​​​In depth understanding of methodologies and techniques used for the analysis and interpretation of past records, as well as of techniques used as predictive tools. Knowledge and critical evaluation of assumptions behind each methodologies.

      ​Development of an informed concern for the Earth and its people. Critically understand challanges connected to climate and environmental change in relation to coastal areas and coastal protection practices.

      ​Capability to critically analyse real case studies in the context of previously acquired knowledge. Being able to critically evaluate the suitability of different coastal protection schemes based on projects aims and the main characteristics of external agents.

      Advanced Conservation Biology (ENVS423)
      LevelM
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of thevariety of approaches used in conservation and the value of a long-termperspective.

      Specifically the module aims to provide students with:

      • An understanding of changes in paradigms underlying ecology andconservation
      • An understanding of the strategies used in conservation management, insitu, ex situ, and from global to local
      • An insight into the science of restoration ecology
      ​and 
      • Enable students to develop specific skills includingessay writing, presentations, critical evaluation
      • Help students to gain both team-building skills but the abilityto plan and execute work independently.​

      Learning Outcomes

      On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

      Summarize how ecological andconservation paradigms have changed

      ​Demonstrate knowledge of strategies and approaches used in conservation management

      Critique and analyse published materials and synthesize into an appropriate case study​

      ​Order, design and orally communicate findings of critique and management plan.​

      Business & the Environment (ENVS470)
      LevelM
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

       

       

       

      • To explore the relationships between business and the new environmental agenda;
      • To develop an understanding of the benefits of a positive approach to environmental management for business;
      • To develop an understanding of the processes involved in developing environmental management systems for businesses.
      Learning Outcomes

       

      an appreciation of the growing importance of environmental management to business;

      ​an understanding of the processes involved in the development of a formal environmental management system

      an ability to appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of formal verification.

      ​an ability to communicate ideas effectively to different audiences

      Analysing Climate Processes and Variablity (ENVS475)
      LevelM
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:99
      Aims
      • To outline the modes of operation, timescales of variation and drivers of the global climate system
      • To introduce major research themes in the global climate system    
      • To introduce the techniques and approaches for the analysis of ocean, atmopshere and paleoclimate data sets 
      • To learn to discuss and present key findings from data analysis of large data sets

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Knowledge of how the Earth’s atmospheric and oceanic system operates, including the various spatial and temporal scales of the processes​

      The external and internals drivers of climate change​

      Basic techniques and research themes in ocean, atmospheric and paleoclimate research

      Knowledge of the methods of data collection and production in ocean and atmospheric science.

      ​Knowledge of the techniques of reconstruction of past climatic conditions​