The course aims to teach how environmental management and spatial data handling tools are applied in making knowledge-based decisions on managing the environment. The course provides relevant Modules on environmental impact assessment, site conservation planning, environmental management systems, ecological monitoring and GIS. It is considered in the context of environmental legislative/policy frameworks within which industry, government and voluntary bodies work.
Specific objectives are to enable students to:
· Understand the importance of an evidence-based approach to environmental policy and strategic decision-making.
· Apply quantitative techniques to assess the effects of environmental management
· Use GIS as a framework for collating, manipulating and analysing spatial data relating to the environment.
· Produce environmental impact statements and advise on implementing environmental management systems.
· Apply structured planning principles to site biodiversity management and ecosystem restoration.
· Monitor pollution and assess its environmental effects.
It aims to satisfy an industrial and public sector demand for science-qualified environmental management personnel who can analyse environmental issues and propose viable solutions in conservation, agriculture, forestry, industry and countryside planning.
There is a possibility to study on two distinct pathways within the course: The first giving a 75/25 split (more Environmental Management modules) and the second a 50/50 split.