ECOL08002 2014 Ecological Management

General Details

Full Title
Ecological Management
Transcript Title
Ecological Management
N/A %
Subject Area
ECOL - Ecology
ESCI - Environmental Science
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2014 - Full Academic Year 2014-15
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Billy Fitzgerald, Declan Feeney, Dolores Byrne, James Moran
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_K08 201300 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SENVI_K08 201400 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SSCIE_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) SG_SSCIE_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours)

This module explores the process of ecological management in order to manage ecosystem services and encourage sustainable use of natural resources. The management of a range of ecosytems and their constituent communities and populations will be explored from the environmental, policy and economic prespective. Key concepts and principles such as the ecosystem approach of the Convention on Biological Diversity, ecosystem services, adaptive management and management planning will be investigated. As part of this module students will investigate the role of ecological impact assessment and appropriate assessment in development proposals. Key policy and legislative measures designed to protect and restore ecosystems such as the Natura 2000 network, agri-environmental schemes and the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy will be appraised.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe the ecosystem appraoch to the management of land, water and living resources


Evaluate the role of adaptive management in the management of natural resources


Develop an ecological management programme for the protection of a specific habitat or species of conservation concern


Critique the role of key EU and national policy and legislative measures to meet the objectives of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy

Module Assessment Strategies

Module will be assessed using a combination of end of semester final exam (60%), continuous assessment and course work (40%). The continuous assessment and course work will involve two assignment where students will be required to (i) develop management proposals for a specific habitat or species and (ii) an essay topic which demonstrate the student's ability to critically evaluate an aspect of  ecological management of natural resource

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to ecological management

The ecosystem approach and ecosystem services concept

The ecological management of farmland and grazed ecosystems - an adaptive management approach

Ecological managent of species and habitats of conservation concern - Natura 2000 network

The role of protected areas in ecological managment and their context in Europe

Ecological impact assessment and appropriate assessment requirements in development planning

Economics in valuing biodiversity and mechanisms applied to value natural capital

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Essay Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 8 2,4
2 Assignment Develop a management programme for a species/habitat Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 12 3

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam end of semester theory exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 60 % End of Term 1,2,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lectures 2 Weekly 2.00
Site Visit Offsite Field trip 7.5 Once Per Semester 0.50
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Independent Learning 4.5 Weekly 4.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.50 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Ausden, M. 2007. Habitat Management for Conservation. A Handbook of Techniques. Oxford University Press

Burchett, S & Burchett, S. 2011. Introduction to Wildlife Conservation in Farming. Wiley-Blackwell

European Environment Agency. (2012).  Protected Areas in Europe – An Overview.  EEA Report No. 5/2012

Other Resources


Additional Information

Additional resources will be made available on IT Sligo learn online system (Moodle). Will contain pdfs of powerpoint lectures and links to additional reading material for selected topics