ENVR07034 2019 Natural Heritage Management

General Details

Full Title
Natural Heritage Management
Transcript Title
Natural Heritage Management
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Frances Lucy, Declan Feeney
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_J07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Management

The Module introduces natural habitats, their community structure and their ecological importance.  It will focus on the identification, assessment and management of habitats, the legal framework surrounding them and the implicit value of these resources.

Learning Outcomes

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


Interpret the Heritage Council scheme for classifying habitats in Ireland


Explain best practice guidance for habitat surveying and mapping


Identify best practice management techniques for threatened habitats & landscapes


Evaluate ecological data and incorporate information into professional reports


Outline the management of a natural resource

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered part‑time. This will include lectures and site visits augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

Module Assessment Strategies

The students will be given live on-line lectures and activities for the duration of the module.  Lectures will be uploaded to Moodle with additional reading material and references for other resources. They will be examined by MCQ on Moodle and at the end of semester exam.  An assignment will also be given to challenge the student to resource, share and analyse information on natural heritage.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Indicative Syllabus

Irish habitats and their classification

Human impact on the Irish habitat and landscapes

Habitat management techniques

Economic value of Irish landscapes and habitats

Best practice in habitat surveying and mapping

Habitat and species data management, and incorporation into professional reports

Ecosystem services and the value of biodiversity

Geographical Information Systems and its application in habitat management

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Assessment and evaluation of case studies Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3
2 Written Report Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 4 3,4,5
3 Practical Evaluation Data Evaluation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 8 1,2,4
4 Multiple Choice Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Any 1,2,3,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam - Theory Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,5

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Online On-line lectures, directed learning, assignments 4 Weekly 4.00
Workshop Not Specified Group activities, site visit 5 UNKNOWN 5.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Researching, reading and reflecting 40 UNKNOWN 40.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 9.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Fossit, J.A. (2000) A Guide to Habitats in Ireland. The Heritage Council, Kilkenny.

Smith, S.F., O’Donoghue, P., O’Hora, K. & Delaney, E. (2011). Best Practice Guidance for Habitat Survey and Mapping. The Heritage Council, Ireland.

Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. (2012), Actions for Biodiversity 2011-16.  Ireland National Biodiversity Plan.  Dublin, Ireland.

Morse, S. (2010).  Sustainability.  A Biological Perspective.  Cambridge University Press, England.

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

Journal Resources

As directed by lecturer on module Moodle page.

URL Resources

As directed by lecturer on module Moodle page.

Other Resources

As directed by lecturer on module Moodle page.

Additional Information