Marine Planning and Management MSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2020
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 Honours degree or better. Any first degree subject can be considered. Individual consideration is given to mature students with significant and relevant experience and with professional qualifications.
Marine Planning and Management msc

Module details

The course is delivered by taught modules which explore the inter-relationships between human activities and the natural world, marine science, environmental management, planning practices and the international development of marine planning. The modules are followed by a supervised research project on a topic of choice, giving students the opportunity to develop an individual area of specialism, which may be geared towards future career interests.

Compulsory modules

Environmental Assessment of Policies, Plans, Programmes and Projects (ENVS529)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
Aims

To introduce environmental assessment theory and practice;

To teach relevant assessment methods and techniques;

To make students appreciate the complex nature of environmental assessment.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) 1. Understand why and how EIA and SEA are important to further an environmentally sustainable development and influence policy/practice;

(LO2) 2. Have a clear understanding of SEA and EIA requirements and practices;

(LO3) 3. Know how to collect, analyse and report environmental information and data in SEA and EIA;

(LO4) 4. Be able to analyse environmental problems effectively and choose suitable assessment tools, methods and techniques;

(LO5) 5. Be able to communicate effectively in (and on) SEA and EIA processes.

(S1) Communication skills

(S2) Problem solving skills

(S3) International awareness

Geographic Data Science (ENVS563)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The module provides students with core competences in Geographic Data Science (GDS). This includes the following:

Advancing their statistical and numerical literacy;

Introducing basic principles of programming and state-of-the-art computational tools for GDS;

Presenting a comprehensive overview of the main methodologies available to the Geographic Data Scientist, as well as their intuition as to how and when they can be applied;

Focusing on real world applications of these techniques in a geographical and applied context.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate advanced GIS/GDS concepts and be able to use the tools programmaticallyto import, manipulate and analyse data in different formats.

(LO2) Understand the motivation and inner workings of the main methodological approcahes ofGDS, both analytical and visual.

(LO3) Critically evaluate the suitability of a specific technique, what it can offer and how it canhelp answer questions of interest.

(LO4) Apply a number of spatial analysis techniques and how to interpret the results, in theprocess of turning data into information.

(LO5) When faced with a new data-set, work independently using GIS/GDS tools programmatically.

(S1) Numeracy

(S2) Organisational skills

(S3) Problem solving skills

(S4) IT skills

(S5) Ethical awareness

(S6) Communication skills

Marine Planning & Management in Action (ENVS465)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The purpose of this module is to engage students in a client related marine planning and management strategy making exercise. Provide an opportunity for students to apply marine planning and management concepts and techniques in a practical context: Enhance the capacity of students to identify, collect and synthesis a variety of relevant information from a variety of sources in relation to a marine planning and management task; Evaluate marine planning and management options and develop objectives and strategies which are realistic, implementable and measurable Develop an awareness of the ethical and professional issues that confront marine planning and management practitioners working for a client; Develop collaborative problem solving, project management and written, oral and graphic communication skills.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An ability to work collaboratively as part of a team in developing a realisable solution to a complex marine planning and management problem;

(LO2) good written and oral communication skills to explain how they have tackled and resolved the task;

(LO3) An ability to identify, collect, analyse and synthesise a range of information relevant to developing an appropriate strategy;

(LO4) an ability to meet the need of a client within a prescribed timescale;

(LO5) an awareness of the way that cultural, political and institutional forces shape policy responses

(S1) Time and project management - Project planning

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual

(S4) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

(S5) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

Making Plans (ENVS427)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
Aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with an introduction to plan making and the different methods and techniques that are used in plan preparation.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) an understanding of the role of plans in shaping the development of places and how the theory of plan making has evolved over time

(LO2) familiarity with the main elements of the plan making process and techniques associated with them

(LO3) an appreciation of the range of current plans and an understanding of the different functions they serve;

(LO4)  a critical perspective on current plan formats

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Organisational skills

(S3) Ethical awareness

(S4) Adaptability

Dissertation Mcd/ma/msc Planning (ENVS491)
LevelM
Credit level60
SemesterSummer (June-September)
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module aims to introduce students to research and how to start a research project on a selected planning research topic. There are three main objectives: To give students an opportunity to study a subject of their choosing and develop a masterly understanding of the subject area; To develop techniques which will improve research skills in problem definition, information collection, analysis, synthesis, and reasoned argument; To develop individual initiative and judgement; and To develop writing and other communication skills of research findings.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students who complete the course successfully will: Develop substantive knowledge of a planning related research topic.

(LO2) 2. Understand the methodological steps involved in the research process of doing a dissertation.

(LO3) 3. Be able to set up and manage a research project

(LO4) 4. Grasp the nature and techniques of applying different research strategies and data collection and analytical methods

(LO5) 5. Be able to synthesize different information sources to form coherent arguments and relate research findings to planning policy and practice.

(LO6) 6. Be able to write a substantial piece of academic work and use bibliographies,referencing, citations and quotations in the appropriate and correct manner.

(LO7) 7. Understand the ethical issues involved in research.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Organisational skills

(S3) Communication skills

(S4) Ethical awareness

Marine Planning Theory and Practice (ENVS541)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The aim of this module is to enable students to develop a theoretical, practical and critical understanding of the notion of marine planning as it is developing internationally, in its wider context of marine management and policy-making. The objectives of this module are that students should be able: 1. To explore the background, history and theoretical underpinnings of the concept of marine planning. 2. To understand and critically appraise key writings that are contributing to the development of marine planning. 3. To investigate leading approaches and techniques being applied in marine plan-making and pilot projects. 4. To appreciate the diversity of marine planning thought and practice in different political and geographical settings. 5. To argue constructively for the appropriate development of marine planning in various contexts.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) 1. Knowledge of the historical, conceptual and theoretical background of marine planning

(LO2) 2 . Knowledge of the practical application of the principles of marine planning in selected contexts.

(LO3) 3. Ability to research marine planning literature and documentation.

(LO4) 4. Ability to engage critically with international academic and practitioner arguments for the development of marine planning.

(LO5) 5. Ability to present knowledge and critical thinking about marine planning orally and in written form.

(S1) Communication skills

(S2) International awareness

(S3) Lifelong learning skills

(S4) Problem solving skills

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 understand their constraints within a framework of GIScience

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Gain a sound understanding of the function, concepts  and features of a Geographic Information System

(LO2) Understand those constraints and considerations that are required when implementing a GIS to build geographic representations

(LO3) Develop practical skills in the application of a GIS to those data types often associated with a student's disciplinary area

(S1) Numeracy

(S2) Problem solving skills

(S3) IT skills

Optional modules

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

(LO1) 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.

(LO2) 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.

(LO3) 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.

(LO4) 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.

(LO5) 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.

(LO6) 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.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Numeracy

(S3) Communication skills

(S4) Organisational skills

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:

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

Explore different environmental attitudes, values and perspectives and examine the impact on various political perspectives;

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

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

Critically evaluate the policy responses at national and local levels to the new emerging environmental agenda.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) a critical appreciation of how environmental issues are being addressed at all levels of governance;

(LO2)  a critical understanding of different environmental values and attitudes and the way that these impact upon political philosophy and decision-making;

(LO3) a critical understanding of the way that various environmental interest groups impact on political and other decision making processes.

(S1) Communication skills

(S2) International awareness

(S3) Ethical awareness

Theory, Power & Ethics (ENVS432)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
Aims

The aim of this module is to provide the context and conception of planning as a professional activity.  It examines the institutional perspective on planning activities in relation to politics and markets and explores different strands of theories on the nature and purposes of planning.
There are a number of specific objectives:
1. To provide a theoretical grounding on the nature and purposes of planning activities and planning practice;
2. To introduce planning as a political as well as an administrative and technical process;
3. To identify the range of different stakeholders involved in the planning process and their inter-relationships;
4. To relate theories about planning to more general social theories of the state, society and professional ethics;
and 5. To provide a conceptual framework for students to formulate their own professional value-systems and viewpoints.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) 1. appreciate a range of different theoretical backgrounds to planning, both historical and contemporary;

(LO2) 2 . understand the diversity of ideologies, values and cultures that form different theories in and of  planning;

(LO3) 3. understand the reasons why planning practitioners operate in the way they do;

(LO4) 4. have a rounded understanding of the institutional and political structures within which planning operates; and

(LO5) 5. develop the ability to formulate their own professional values and attitudes.

(S1) Communication skills

(S2) Ethical awareness

(S3) Lifelong learning skills

Marine Ecology: Theory and Applications (ENVS383)
Level3
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
Aims

To develop the connections between ecological theory and the management of marine communities and ecosystems. The theory covered will mostly be concerned with the dynamics and diversity of communities and ecosystems.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) evaluate the major ecological theories underlying the dynamics and diversity of marine communities and ecosystems.

(LO2) relate problems in marine conservation and resource exploitation to these ecological concepts.

(LO3) use appropriate methods to assess the consequences of environmental change and management for marine communities and ecosystems.

(LO4) recognize the importance of ecological theory in underpinning scientific advice to management.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Numeracy

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 the variety of approaches used in conservation and the value of a long-term perspective;
Specifically the module aims to provide students with:
An understanding of changes in paradigms underlying ecology and conservation;
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 including essay writing, presentations, critical evaluation;
Help students to gain both team-building skills but the ability to plan and execute work independently.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On successful completion of this module students should be able to:Understand and summarize how ecological andconservation paradigms have changed over time

(LO2) Demonstrate knowledge of strategies and approaches used in conservation management

(LO3) Critique and analyse published materials and synthesize into appropriate argument

(LO4) Design, orally communicate and critique approaches to conservation management.

(S1) Teamwork

(S2) Organisational skills

(S3) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

(S4) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

(S5) Problem solving skills

Planning Practice Placement (ENVS448)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:0
Aims

The aim of the module is to integrate the taught elements of the MPlan/MSc Marine Planning and Management programmes with real world experience in planning practice. The placement provides students the opportunity to work for a client agency in order to gain first-hand experience of planning related work. During the placement, students will work under the guidance of a nominated client supervisor. It is expected that the work completed by students will contribute to the work of the respective client agencies and may involve a single project or contributions to a range of smaller projects and tasks.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) understand the operation of the client agency;

(LO2) appreciate the type of work that may be expected of a newly graduated planner;

(LO3) develop some professional skills for future career development;

(LO4) develop personal capacity in self-management in a real work situation

(S1) Commercial awareness

(S2) Problem solving skills

(S3) Adaptability

(S4) Organisational skills

(S5) Communication skills

(S6) Lifelong learning skills

Tackling Environmental Issues (ENVS471)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This  module will promote independent thinking, critical insights, leadership, team work and a sound understanding of environmental issues that affect local, national and international governance.

It will enable students to develop the skills to research a key environmental issue, showing a good grasp of what is required in terms of synthesising the relevant information in an objective and robust manner and communicating this at the right level for a consultancy report.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) demonstrate an appreciation of the environmental dilemmas faced by national. regional and local (e.g. towns and cities) government in adapting to a more sustainable way of living, working and playing;

(LO2) Demonstrate an understanding of the factors that will shape different authorities’ approaches to tackling issues such as climate change (e.g. international and national law, local climate, key sectors of employment, available resources, etc ) or sectoral conflicts for resource use.

(LO3) Demonstrate the ability to complete a consultancy report and policy briefing on a key environmental issue

(LO4) demonstrate team working skills

(S1) Teamwork

(S2) Communication skills

(S3) Ethical awareness

(S4) Leadership

(S5) International awareness

(S6) Organisational skills

Ocean Dynamics (ENVS332)
Level3
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
Aims

To gain a high level understanding of ocean and atmospheric dynamics:

To understand the background state of the atmosphere and ocean;

To address how tracers spread;

To understand the effects of rotation and how jets and eddies form on a rotating planet;

To understand how waves influence and interact with the ocean circulation;

To understand why there are western boundary currents and gyres in ocean basins;

To understand how topography shapes the deep ocean circulation over the globe.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will acquire knowledge of key concepts in ocean and atmosphere dynamics.

(LO2) Students will learn to appreciate the approximate nature of theoretical ideas, and the strengths and weaknesses of such ideas as explanations of observed phenomena.

(LO3) Students will develop mathematical skills in scale analysis of differential equations to isolate the essential phenomena.

(LO4) Students will acquire experience in combining quantitative and qualitative understanding of dynamics to give clear explanations of observed phenomena in the ocean and atmosphere.

(LO5) Students will develop an understanding of the factors controllng fluid flows on a range of rotating planets.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Numeracy

Maritime Geographies (ENVS339)
Level3
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
Aims

The aim of this module is to enable students to develop:

A critical understanding of how historically, maritime worlds have shaped global geographies;

An awareness of how physically, the seas have shaped port cities;

A deep knowledge of how in the present era, oceans are vital to legal, economic and environmental concerns.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Communicate knowledge ofthe place of seas and oceans in the discipline of geography;

(LO2) Demonstratea critical understanding of understanding how historically, maritime worlds haveshaped global geographies; how physically, the seas have shaped and impact onport cities; and in the present era how oceans are vital to legal, economic andenvironmental concerns;

(LO3)  Engagecritically with literature and documentation concerning maritime geographies;

(LO4) Criticallyassess and evaluate the geographies of seas and oceans in the context of maritime Merseyside.

(LO5) Presentknowledge and critical discussion of the role of maritime worlds for physical andhuman geographies in written form.

(S1) Adaptability

(S2) Organisational skills

(S3) Communication skills

(S4) Teamwork

(S5) IT skills

(S6) Lifelong learning skills

(S7) International awareness

(S8) Commercial awareness

Natural Hazards and Society (ENVS319)
Level3
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
Aims

To introduce contextual perspectives on a variety of natural hazards, the different levels of impact on human societies and the mitigation/adaptation strategies adopted before, during and after an extreme natural event.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An understanding of the physical and societal definitions of a natural hazard

(LO2) An understanding of the processes leading to geophysical, hydrological, meteorological and climatological hazards

(LO3) An awareness of the vulnerability of societies

(LO4) An appreciation of the costs on these extremes events on societies

(LO5) Acquire a sound knowledge on mitigation and adaptation strategies for each type of natural hazard

(S1) Communication skills

(S2) Teamwork

(S3) IT skills

(S4) Organisational skills

(S5) International awareness

Environmental Planning & Management Project (ENVS560)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module is based upon the execution of a client based mini-project. The project should help to develop skills of analysis, interpretation and policy prescription. It is well grounded in the Department’s own research activities and draws upon established links with a number of local authorities and other public bodies.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Data collection and analysing skill: to apply skills in selecting, assembling, manipulating, presenting and interpreting data related to environmental assessment and management;

(LO2) Ability to use skills of policy prescription based on these data;

(LO3) Ability to adopt a critical approach to the examination of existing practice in the analysis and evaluation of environmental assessment and management;

(LO4) Understanding of some of the ethical issues that can arise in the relationship between client and consultant.

(LO5) Ability to provide professional consultation inputto clients

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Communication skills

(S3) Leadership

(S4) Teamwork


Students choose two modules from the optional list (or any other approved module).