Module: Supervisory and Mentoring Skills

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Ian Grange
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    200 hours
  • Contact hrs

    100 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 2

Module content

This module builds on the skills developed within module 1136 Practical Conservation Skills and a period of 30 days of ‘work based learning’ (WBL) activities undertaken during the previous academic year or during the summer vacation, thus continuing the work-based learning theme and linking personal development across both year 1 and 2 activities.

Students will undertake training workshops on leadership, mentoring and risk assessments, and will then lead/mentor teams of first-year students engaged in fieldwork activities, and supervised by members of the University Staff. Students will receive formative feedback on their tasks throughout the academic year.

Mentors will be expected to attend familiarisation visits for site locations, complete activity sheets for safe working practices during practical events, including risk assessments and plans of work; supervise and mentor year 1 students; observe other mentors in action; complete an evaluative report and portfolio. Visits to external volunteering activities and agencies will also be undertaken as part of this module.

Module outcomes

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

  1. Safely manage groups of volunteers undertaking practical conservation activities;
  2. Reflect on personal performance as a mentor/supervisor and identify areas for improvement;
  3. Evaluate the role of the mentor/supervisor in volunteering activities.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Work-based learning log and employer assessment
Coursework Work-based learning evidence log and reflective report 25%
Coursework Portfolio of supervisory activity to include completed activity sheets and risk assessments 25%
Coursework Evaluative report on personal development in supervising and mentoring to be submitted alongside updated PDP 50%

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the contents of one of the following:

  • Jacobson, S.K. (2009) Communication skills for conservation professionals 2nd edn. Island Press.
  • Parker, C. and Stone, B. (2003). Developing management skills for leadership. Pearson Education

Supporting texts

  • Hughes, P. and Ferrett, E. (2015). Introduction to Health and Safety in Construction: for the NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety
  • NEBOSH (2017). Health and safety at work: A course book for the NEBOSH award in health and safety at work.
  • French, D., Gill, B. and McSorley, T. (Eds.) (2003) Mentoring: a good practice guide. Mentoring and Peer Support for disabled graduates and students.
  • Wisker, G. (2008) Working one-to-one with students: supervising, coaching, mentoring and personal tutoring. Routledge.
  • Conservation Evidence. University of Cambridge
  • Journal of Environmental Education. Routledge, Taylor and Frances Group.
  • Countryside Recreation Network Journal. Countryside Recreation Network.