Module: Environment and Conservation Data Handling

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Jim Grant
  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    60 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 2

Module content

This will build on the numerical skills developed in the rural business skills module, with a greater focus on independent problem solving, data collection and analysis. Guidance will be provided to build these skills. A broad theme around climate change, conservation, ecology and environment will provide an appealing focus and enable students to engage in out of classroom practical work. Conservation can encompass both natural and man-made, whilst environment can incorporate a wide range of topics, such as food, biodiversity, climate, sustainability and the built environment. There will also be a component of utilising new technologies for data acquisition and interpretation. Students will be expected to identify and agree a theme to research, design a suitable methodology for investigation, then present and interpret their data.

Module outcomes

To pass this module, students must be able to:

  1. Confidently apply numerical skills in practical situations relating to environment and conservation
  2. Undertake a guided practical task to acquire, present and interpret a dataset
  3. Design and undertake an enquiry related to the module theme
  4. Present results of research, demonstrating analytical skills utilising descriptive statistics


Assessment Description Weighting
Practical Individual practical test (50 mins) 40%
Practical Presentation (15 mins) 60%

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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