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
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
- writing a literature review paper
- philosophies of research design
- selecting an appropriate environmental management research topic
- preparation of a dissertation proposal
Environment, Space and Society
This module 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 include:
- 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.
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
Environment, Development and Livelihoods
This module investigates key links between development, livelihood and environmental problems in the global South, with particular reference to competition and conflict over environmental resources.
Attention is placed on exploring livelihood-environment interactions from the perspectives of different income, gender and community groups and contrasting their everyday realities with key development concepts and aggregate statistics.
Global Climate Change
The module covers the following:
- A review of modern climate systems and forcings
- Climate modelling, projections of future climate change and their uncertainty
- Controversies around climate change, the argument between believers and sceptics and the ways in which climate change is communicated to and perceived by the public
- The impact of climate change on the world's physical and built environments, water and food resources, and human health
- Mitigation and adaptation to future climate change including the role played by policy markers and NGOs
River Management and Restoration
This module further develops themes of river processes and dynamics introduced in the module River Processes and Dynamics, and considers them within the context of human attempts to manage and restore rivers. It initially centres on changes in the fluvial system that occur in response to river management and engineering and then goes on to examine approaches to restoring the natural functions of rivers that have been heavily degraded by human impacts.
The module includes reviews of past and present river channel restoration and rehabilitation activity in Europe and the USA. It details principles by which restoration practice is guided, and introduces criteria for selection between alternative strategies.
The module includes a residential field trip in semester two where students will have the opportunity to explore a range of river management and restoration issues relevant to rivers in the UK and develop practical skills in field survey and modelling techniques employed in contemporary river management.
Spatial Decision Making
The first part of the module covers the theory and practice of utilising Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for supporting spatial decision making. It reflects upon the broader discipline of Geographical Information Science (GI Science) before considering the importance of data quality, key spatial analysis tools and visualisation techniques.
The second part of the module extends the skills and knowledge gained in part one by applying them to a real world problem supplied by an external client (Experian). Students will work in teams by responding to an invitation to tender, then developing a GIS-based solution to a problem supplied by Experian which will typically involve evaluating alternative locations for retail developments around Nottingham.
Teams will plan their own meetings, manage the division of workload and ensure they are meeting the requirements of the client (but also exploring further possibilities that the client may not have considered).
You can choose from other geography modules or options from other schools/departments across the University, subject to approval. The focus should be predominately arts, humanities or social sciences.
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.