Module: Change in the Countryside

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Thomas Seale, Cirencester College
  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    60 hours

Module content

Changes in the countryside will provide a theme for further development of academic skills. Historical changes in land use will be investigated, researching main drivers and impacts. Case studies will be key, encompassing topics including, business practice, farming, real- and rural- estate management. An extended writing task will be set as an examination to ensure students are familiar and confident with a key assessment method they would encounter at degree level. A group project will test team working, research, evaluation and presentation skills, focussing on a case study where a change in rural land use is proposed. Students will be introduced to HE level academic skills such as critical evaluation. Referencing will be a particular focus.

Module outcomes

To pass this module, students must be able to:

  1. Complete an extended piece of academic writing under exam conditions
  2. Collaborate and research a case study as a team
  3. Present results of group research as a team
  4. Evaluate and reflect on a team task including peer review


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Evaluation of teamwork including peer review linked to poster presentation (400 words) 10%
Examination Exam (1 hour) 50%
Practical Group poster presentation (15 mins) 40%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

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