Dissertation: Environmental Management
This module will require you to research an environmental issue of your own choice under the supervision of an appropriate member of staff and to report your findings in the form of a written dissertation (12,000 words).
Key skills developed include those of independent study, critical analysis and report writing.
Foundations of Environmental Management
The module provides a foundation for the scientific concepts and issues which underpin environmental management.
Topics covered include:
- climate-change impacts and mitigation
- river channel processes and management
- pure and applied research on biodiversity patterns
- the science of risk-based contaminated land management
Environment, Space and Society
This content is split into a number of sections following an opening session which introduces the different ways in which human geography engages with environmental issues. Indicative content of the remaining sessions: environmental history, environmental knowledge and governance, environmental activism, economy and environment. These issues are also explored through a day field visit.
Geographical Research Methods
This module is split into three major sections:
- Quantitative Methods: An introduction to parametric and non-parametric statistics and the use of databases and statistical packages.
- Social Research Methods: An introduction to the philosophical and analytical issues that lie behind designing social research methods. A range of social research methods are considered in terms of their approach, design, implementation and analysis.
- GIS: An introduction to the technologies of GIS. It covers the design and operation of these systems and how they are used as decision support tools. The material also covers the concept of modelling and what issues the user must be aware of in evaluating model outputs.
Environmental Management in Practice
The module will introduce you to a range of approaches to environmental management and their use in practice within Government and Non-Governmental agencies and the private sector. Approaches covered could include:
- tendering for projects in the context of environmental consultancy
- environmental management practices
- participatory approaches to environmental policy and planning
Environmental Management Tutorial
This module will cover the following:
- referencing and searching for literature
- reading and note-taking
- review writing skills
- approaches to group working
- presentation skills
- critical review of environmental paradigms
Project Management and Environmental Legislation
This module will develop your understanding of the principles of project management and land related environmental legislation. The lectures will focus on:
- the management organisation of projects and the roles taken by individuals in the management structure
- the management of change, quality and risk
- time and resource management techniques
- project selection strategies
- project finance
- evaluating the legal context of land contamination related liability
Alternatively, you can choose from other modules from the School of Geography, or in other schools across the University.
At least 10 of these 40 credits must be level 4, with the remaining 30 credits at level 3 or 4. The option modules should be predominantly Social Science or Arts and Humanities based.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.