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BSc Environmental Management

Academic Year 2017/18

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

BSc Environmental Management

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Bachelor of Science

Programme Code

EVM-BSC-S

UCAS Code

F850

JACS Code

F750 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A-level:
BBB with at least one A level in Geography, Biology, Economics or related subjects + GCSE Mathematics. Note: certain modules will require GCSE Mathematics grade B.
Or
ABB in any subjects + GCSE Mathematics. Note: certain modules will require GCSE Mathematics grade B.


Irish Leaving Certificate: B2B2B2B2CC/B2B2B2B2B2 + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade C in Mathematics. Note: certain modules require either an Ordinary Level grade B or Higher Level grade C in Mathematic.

International qualifications
For information on international qualification equivalents, please click on Your Country in the International Students website.

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO at Queen's is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses.


For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Single Honours

Length of Programme

3 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

360

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Biological Sciences

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Earth sciences, environmental sciences and environmental studies (2014)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor Nikos Georgantzis

School of Agriculture, Policy and Development University of Reading Whiteknights PO Box 237 Reading RG6 AR

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

no

Programme Specific Regulations

n/a

Students with protected characteristics

The programme does not contain barriers to access or progression among protected groups.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On completion of the programme the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the physical, social, economic and cultural aspects of environmental management.
2. Demonstrate a familiarity with the issues of sustainable development, conservation and environmental protection and management.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the integrated and holistic nature of environmental management.
4. Devise, manage and critically evaluate project work.
5. Demonstrate competence in subject specific and key skills, problem solving and a professional approach to study and life-long learning.
6. Demonstrate a professional attitude towards the work environment.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Recognise and use appropriate theories, concepts and principles from all of the programmes disciplines;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

lectures, workshops, site visits and interactive sessions, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

assessed through examinations, essays, reports, presentations and practical reports

collect and integrate several lines of evidence and applying them in a balanced way in an argument;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

lectures, practicals, workshops, site visits and interactive sessions, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

assessed through examinations, essays, reports, presentations and practical reports

Design an experiment, investigation, survey or other means to test an hypothesis or proposition;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

lectures, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

assessed through honours project

Critically analyse information, synthesise and summarise the outcomes;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

lectures, workshops, site visits and interactive sessions, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

assessed through honours project

Apply knowledge and understanding to address familiar and novel problems;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

lectures, workshops, site visits and interactive sessions, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

assessed through examinations, essays, reports, presentations and practical reports

Demonstrate awareness of the provisional nature of the facts and principles associated with a field of study, appreciating the difficulties of having incomplete information on which to base decisions;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

lectures

Methods of Assessment

assessed through essays, reports, presentations

Reflecting on and evaluating own performance as an individual and as a team member

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

workshops

Methods of Assessment

assessed through presentations and group projects

Recognise the moral and ethical issues related to the subject

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

lectures

Methods of Assessment

assessed through essays

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Understand and evaluate the, economic social and cultural basis of environmental management and the conflicts within. The relationship between the environment, human culture and attitudes.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The programme is supported through lectures, practicals and interactive sessions, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through examinations, essays, reports, presentations, practical reports, honours project.

Understand the economic and financial underpinning the environment.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

lectures ,workshops, interactive sessions, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

Exams, essays, presentations

Describe and evaluate the legal framework.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, interactive sessions, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

Essays

Understand the planning framework

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, interactive sessions, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

Exams, essays, presentations

Physical characteristics of the countryside and rural environment and factors limiting its development. The systems approach to environmental studies and the structure and function of the earth as a set of systems.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, interactive sessions, directed and independent reading, site visits

Methods of Assessment

Exams, essays, posters

Understand the ecology of both managed and unmanaged environments. The contribution of the natural sciences to the identification, understanding and where appropriate, resolution of environmental issues.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

lectures ,workshops, interactive sessions, directed and independent reading, site visits

Methods of Assessment

essays, presentations

Be familiar with the notion of sustainability and its application. Human response to environmental problems.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

lectures ,workshops, interactive sessions, directed and independent reading, site visits

Methods of Assessment

Exams, essays, presentations

Understand the roles and responsibilities of regulatory and advisory bodies, including policy and politics. The role of institutions, organisations and other stakeholders in managing and regulating human interaction with the environment.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

lectures, presentations, interactive sessions, directed and independent reading, site visits

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations

Show knowledge and understanding of environmental quality

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

lectures, presentations, interactive sessions, directed and independent reading, site visits

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, exams

Apply knowledge to a range of work-related situations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

lectures ,presentations, interactive sessions, directed and independent reading, workshops

Methods of Assessment

Presentations, essays

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Plan, conduct and report on investigations including the use of secondary data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

lectures

Methods of Assessment

Honours project

Collect and record information or data in the library, laboratory or site survey and summarising it using appropriate qualitative and or quantitative techniques

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

lectures, directed and independent reading, site visits

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations, honours project

Devise, plan and undertake surveys and laboratory investigations in a responsible and safe manner, paying due attention to risk assessment, right of access, relevant health and safety legislations, legal requirements and sensitivity to the impact of investigations on the environment and stakeholders.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals

Methods of Assessment

Essays

Appreciate and analyse economic, legal and financial and other management information and using it in decision making

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops, presentations

Methods of Assessment

Presentations, essays, exams

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Improve numeracy skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

honours project, reports, essays

Prepare, process, interpret and present data, using appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques and packages; appreciating issues of sample selection, accuracy, precision.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

honours project, reports, essays

Solve numerical problems using computer-based and non-computer based techniques. Improve communication skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

honours project, reports, essays

Receive, evaluate and respond to a variety of information sources (eg electronic, textual, numerical, verbal, graphical);

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

honours project, reports, essays

Communicate accurately, clearly, concisely, confidently and appropriately to a variety of audiences in written, verbal and graphical forms;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

lectures, practical ,workshops, site visits and interactive sessions, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

Oral presentations, essays, reports, honours project

Contribute constructively to group discussions;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

lectures, practical ,workshops, site visits and interactive sessions, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

Presentations, posters

Improve teamworking

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

workshops, and interactive sessions, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

Presentations, practicals, posters

Organise teamwork

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops

Methods of Assessment

Presentations, practicals, posters

Set realistic targets

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops

Methods of Assessment

Presentations, practicals

Identify individual and collective goals and responsibilities

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops

Methods of Assessment

Presentations, practicals

Plan, allocate and evaluate the work of self and teams

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops

Methods of Assessment

Presentations, practicals

Perform in a manner appropriate to these roles and responsibilities

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops

Methods of Assessment

Presentations, practicals

Recognise and respect the views and opinions of other team members.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops

Methods of Assessment

Presentations, practicals

Improve ICT skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

Essays, reports, honours project, posters

Use the internet critically as a means of communication and a source of information

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

Essays, reports, honours project

Demonstrate competence in the use of computer-based information handling and data processing tools;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, directed and independent reading

Methods of Assessment

Essays, reports, honours project

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Sustaining the Biosphere

GGY2030

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Dynamic Earth

GGY1007

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Planning Health and Well Being

EVP1001

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Contemporary Issues in Urban and Rural Planning

EVP1013

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Planning Theory and Society

EVP2013

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Infrastructure and Transportation Planning

EVP3013

3

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

100%

0%

0%

Environmental Change: past, present and future

GAP1002

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Environmental Management

BIO1102

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Processes and Principles of Physical Geography

GGY1009

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

0%

40%

Landscapes and Geographical Information (GIS)

GGY2002

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Research Design and Professional Development

GGY2055

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Spaces of Urbanisation in Emerging Economies and Sustainable Development

GGY3063

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Work Placement

BIO2303

2

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship

BIO3101

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Introduction to Environmental Economics

BIO2204

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Policies for Environmental Sustainability

BIO3109

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Environmental Assessment

BIO2105

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Environmental Management Dissertation

BIO3309

3

40

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

Stage 1: Students must take the equivalent of at least six modules, which amount to 120 CATS points, in each stage, including any compulsory modules. In Stage 1 students take the six compulsory modules (120 CATS), normally from the list below.

Stage 3: Students take the four compulsory modules (100 CATS) and optional modules to a value of 20 CATS normally from the list below, for a total of 120 CATS points