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Module

ACE2061 : Site Management and Communication Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Guy Garrod
  • Lecturer: Dr Simon Peacock, Dr Janet Simkin
  • Other Staff: Dr Amy Proctor
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The Module aims to provide students with core skills in oral communication, management planning and ecosystems management and provide opportunities to apply and develop these and other core skills. In particular: to explain the communications systems and strategies needed by environmental managers; to develop skills in oral communication through storytelling; to demonstrate the role and importance of management plans in managing discrete countryside sites; to demonstrate the role and importance of ecosystem concepts and function and how this relates to the management of ecosystems, nature reserves, country parks and other rural sites; to provide students with skills in site management planning; and to enable opportunities to develop core skills in written communications, team work, oral presentation, planning and organisation and initiative.

Outline Of Syllabus

Semester 1
1. Introduction to environmental interpretation
2. The art and practice of storytelling
3. Understanding your audience and developing a theme
4. Storytelling in the field (including field visits)
5. Storytelling in practice
6. The nature of ecosystems: Function, Energy Flow, Material Cycles
7. Ecosystem function and management: Human Impacts, Disturbance and Succession; Restoration

Semester 2
1. The rational for management planning
2. Preparation of site management plans
3. Ecosystem case studies: Agro-ecosystems, Grasslands, Wetlands, Heathlands, Woodland.
4. Ecological impacts of management and land use change
5. Management issues and solutions
6. Critical assessment of fragility and resilience of managed ecosystems
7. Field visits to case study site
8. Writing a site management plan
9. Emerging issues in ecosystems managment

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable