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BSc Land Use and Environmental Management with Professional Studies

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

BSc Land Use and Environmental Management with Professional Studies

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

Bachelor of Science

Programme Code

LAN-BSC-S

UCAS Code

D447

JACS Code

D447 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A-level:
BBB + 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.

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

4 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

480

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

Agriculture, horticulture, forestry, food and consumer sciences (2009)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 02-05-16

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)

None

Programme Specific Regulations

The following regulations should be read in conjunction with the University’s General Regulations.
The following module weightings should be used when calculating the honours classification: Stage 1 10%, Stage 2 20%, Professional Studies module 10% and Stage 3 60%.

To be eligible to graduate, in addition to the university requirements, students must pass the module Professional Studies. Students who fail the module Professional studies will automatically be transferred to the same named degree without Professional Studies in the degree title.

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 land use.

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 land use and 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.

7. Demonstrate how their degree learning outcomes can be applied to the workplace and show evidence of career management planning.

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

Methods of Assessment

Assessed through honours project

Critically analyse information, synthesis and summarise the outcomes;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, practicals, 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, practicals, 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

Reflect on and evaluate 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 land use and 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 and practical reports.

Understand the economic and financial aspects 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

Understand the 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

Show an understanding of 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

Exams, essays, presentations

Demonstrate familiarity 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

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

Methods of Assessment

Essays, presentations

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of environmental quality

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures ,workshops, 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 summarise it using appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative techniques.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, directed and independent reading, site visits

Methods of Assessment

Essays, 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, 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:

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.

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

Contributing 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

Organise teamwork

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops

Methods of Assessment

Presentations, practicals

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

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 %

Accounting

ACC1002

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Understanding Society

SOC1001

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Statistical Methods

ECO1003

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

The Sociological Imagination

SOC1002

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

0%

40%

The Development of Social Theory

SOC2001

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Comparative Social Inequalities

SOC2002

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

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

40%

0%

60%

Infrastructure and Transportation Planning

EVP3013

4

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

40%

0%

60%

Environmental Change: past, present and future

GAP1002

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Principles of Economics

ECO1001

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Biodiversity

BIO1305

1

40

24 weeks

N

YES

35%

15%

50%

Environmental Management

BIO1102

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Professional Studies

BIO3303

3

120

46 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship

BIO3101

4

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

4

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

4

40

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Applied Ecology

BIO2107

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

0%

40%

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

2

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. Optional modules are subject to availability from the appropriate School and also timetabling. The number of students allowed in modules taught outside the School of Biological Sciences may be limited. In Stage 1 students take the two compulsory modules (40 CATS) and optional modules, to the value of 80 CATS, normally from the list. GAP1009: Pre-requisite - Normally A-Level Geography EVP1013: Pre-requisite - EVP1001 SOC1002: Pre-requisite - SOC1001

Stage 2: Students will take the four compulsory modules [80 CATS] and two other modules [40CATS] normally from the list, for a total of 120 CATS points. Students will start preparation for their placement in the first semester of Stage 2 and commence their work placement, assessed in module BIO2303, at Easter during the second semester and work through the summer vacation. BIO2303 is assessed in early September of the academic year in which it is taken, at the same time as resits take place. EVP2013: Pre-requisite - EVP1001 SOC2001: Pre-requisite - SOC1001 or SOC1002 SOC2002: Pre-requisite - SOC1001 or SOC1002

Stage 3: Students take the three compulsory modules (80 CATS) and optional modules to a value of 40 CATS normally from the list, for a total of 120 CATS points. EVP3013: Pre-Requisite - EVP1001

Year Work Placement: Students will spend a minimum of 46 weeks in a work placement during which they will carry out project type work. Students will begin preparations for the placement in the first semester of Stage 2 and the placement will be assessed within the module Professional Studies, BIO3033. Students unable to secure a year placement will be transferred to the Land Use and Environmental Management programme.