ENVR08025 2013 Natural Resource Management

General Details

Full Title
Natural Resource Management
Transcript Title
Natural Resource Management
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
08 - NFQ Level 8
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Billy Fitzgerald, Frances Lucy, Cait Coyle, Steve Tonry

This module challenges the student to develop a wide-ranged knowledge base and evaluation skills in natural resource management.  Aquatic and landbased resource management will include both traditional (e.g. mining and fishing) and also topical issues, e.g. aquaculture and fracking. Concepts of ecosystem services will be integrated into this module including provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural services. Students will be required to investigate, evaluate and impartially report on several case-studies, which may be of a national or international focus.

Learning Outcomes

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


Explain concepts of aquatic and land-based resource management and ecological services.


Develop an integrated approach to natural resource management.


Perform a detailed comprehensive assessment of a complex resource management issue.


Investigate and interpret environmental data on a specific aspect of natural resource management using a multidisciplinary approach.


Interpret topical resource management scenarios for presentation in a professional manner.


Evaluate a mechanism for the utilisation of natural resources in an environmentally responsible manner during economic progression.


Develop and defend decision making processes for resource management.


Engage respectfully with stakeholders while maintaining an independent un-biased scientific approach.

Module Assessment Strategies


Three continuous assessments (MCQ, individual and team assignments) worth 50% of module marks and the final exam worth 50%.

Indicative Syllabus

Land Resources:1. Mining: Importance of the mining sector in a national context. Introduction to mining methods. Identification and management of environmental impacts associated with identification of relevant stakeholders. Mining permits and relevant legislation. 2. Sand and gravel extraction and quarrying: Environmental impact assessment and management. 3. Groundwater: The importance of the groundwater resource. Identification of major reserves of groundwater. Strategies for the management of the hydrogeological environment.Policy and legislation for groundwater protection. 4. Soil: Importance of the soil resource.Identification of major risks to soil. Optimal management of the soil resource to minimise its degradation.

Aquatic Resources:  Water use and Reuse.  Inland, coastal and deep-sea Fisheries. Aquaculture. Conservation areas (Marine, Freshwater, Transitional and Wetlands),

Ecosystem services:  Development of concept. Relevant environmental concepts: ecology of  key species/populations (the ecosystem service providers), community structure, relevant abiotic factors, spatio-temporal effects. Definitions of the four ecosystem service categories, i.e. provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural services. Anthropogenic impacts on ecosystem services. Economic evaluation of services: benefits, payment and trading. Ecosystems services in terms of terrestrial and aquatic resources.

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 Multiple Choice Exam Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,6
2 Multiple Choice Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 4 1,2,6
3 Case Study Team Based Assignment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,8
4 Performance Evaluation (Individual Assignment and Presentation) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 2,3,4,5,6,7,8

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Not Specified Site Visits/Presentations/Lectures/Groupwork 9 Twice Per Semester 1.20
Directed Learning Offsite On Line Lectures, Manuals, assigned reading 96 UNKNOWN 96.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Research, writing reports, reading, studying 96 UNKNOWN 96.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 97.20 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources
Siptz K. and Trudinger J.  2009. Mining and the Environment. From Ore to Metal. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis.
Lucas J.S. and Southgate .PC. 2012 Aquaculture: Farming aquatic animals and plants. Wiley-Blackwell.
Shumway, S.E. 2011. Shellfish aquaculture and environment. Wiley-Blackwell.
Cochrane K.L. and Garcia S.M. 2009. A fishery manager's handbook. Wiley-Blackwell.
Aas, O. 2007. Global challenges in recreational fisheries. Wiley-Blackwell.
Other Resources

Costanza R. et al. 1987. The value of the world's ecosystem services and natural capital. Nature. 387; 253-260.

BBC. 2001. The Blue Planet. DVD series.


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