Module: Environmental Management

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Katharine Foot
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    40 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 2

Module content

Countryside and environmental protection law. Environmental considerations in the management of the countryside. The agri-environment policy framework and its impact on farming businesses. Farmland and woodland habitats. The impact of resource management issues on rural businesses. The agencies and organisations involved in delivering environmental policies. Environmental impact, assessment and audit.  Landscape management and public access. Principles of establishing, assessing, and managing woodlands.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Identify the key stakeholders in rural environmental management.
  2. Identify the main environmental and sustainability policies that are of relevance to farm and rural estate businesses and explain the mechanisms for the delivery and implementation of these policies.
  3. Explain the implications for farm and estate businesses of environmental protection measures and resource management issues.
  4. Explain the range of factors that need to be taken into account when establishing and managing woodlands.
  5. Write a literature review on a relevant environmental topic and identify an appropriate range of literature to include within such a review.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Literature review 50%
Examination Unseen exam (2 hours) 50%

Key texts

  • Bell, S., McGillivray, D., Pedersen, O. Lees, E. and Stokes, E. (2017) Environmental Law. 9th ed. Oxford University Press         
  • MacDonald, D (ed.) and Feber, E (ed.) (2015) Wildlife Conservation on Farmland: Volume 1: Managing for Nature on Lowland Farms. Oxford University Press
  • Starr, C. (2013) Woodland Management: A Practical Guide. 2nd ed. Crowood Press