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LEC.467: Catchment Protection (field course)


Department: Lancaster Environment Centre NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF7//RQF7
Study Level: Postgraduate (Masters level) Credit Points: 15
Start Date: 01-04-2019 End Date: 07-06-2019
Available for Online Enrolment?: N Enrolment Restriction: Fully available to all students
Module Convenor: Dr BWJ Surridge

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

  • The module will be run as a series of linked project days. The content of the week will provide students with experience of:

    • The Water Framework Directive, River Basin Management, and the Eden catchment
    • Interaction with Environment Agency/Water Company/Rivers Trust staff
    • Links between land use and sustainable water management
    • Assessing morphological conditions in rivers
    • Water resources management and river discharge gauging
    • Pollutant sources, pathways and impacts in receiving waters

Curriculum Design: Pre-requisites/Co-requisites/Exclusions

  • **Places on the module are limited, with priority given to students on the MSc Sustainable Water Management or Flood and Coastal Risk Management schemes.**

    Undergraduate or masters experience in hydrological/chemical/biological sciences, e.g. LEC432

Curriculum Design: Single, Combined or Consortial Schemes to which the Module Contributes

  • MSc Sustainable Water Management
  • 100% Report

Assessment: Details of Assessment

  • A structured report (‘workbook’) with components for the individual project days, site visits,  alongside an integrating catchment research and management report

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Catchments are increasingly understood to be complex and highly interconnected systems. This presents significant challenges for those who manage catchments, but also a range of novel and timely research opportunities. In this context, the module aims to provide students with understanding and practical experience of key research and management challenges facing the future management of catchments. The module will take the Eden catchment as a case study, and draw on the latest land and water management framework, derived from the Water Framework Directive, as a basis for discussion. After analysing this framework and identifying significant challenges, students will use a combination of field, laboratory and data analysis techniques to investigate research questions related to biophysical processes within catchments. These investigations will lead to an appreciation of the limits to current knowledge and the opportunities for future research.

Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Students will gain experience of working with environmental datasets, for example in Excel, in order to display and analyse temporal and spatial patterns in data. The module will provide students with generic field and laboratory skills and experience, for example in sample collection and preservation protocols, data recording and health and safety considerations. Students will gain experience of individual and group work within field, laboratory and seminar settings.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
     
    • analyse management frameworks relevant to sustainable water management, and identify and justify linked research and management challenges that emerge from these frameworks 
    • apply relevant field, laboratory and data analysis techniques to investigate these challenges, and describe the limitations and potential sources of error in these techniques
    • critically appraise the current state of knowledge related to these challenges, and plan and justify future research activities to address gaps in knowledge

Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

    • work effectively in a group, prioritizing and delegating responsibilities in order to deliver to a deadline
    • understand how to complete field and laboratory work safely, both as individuals and within a group
    • analyse and present environmental data within the context of a range of report templates

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