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Part Time FdSc Ecology and Conservation Management - Part-time

Myerscough College

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Countryside FdSc Ecology and Conservation Management - Part-time Myerscough reference: 09FOECMMYP01P Course Length: 3 years part-time Venue: Myerscough College, Preston About the Course If you are interested in specialising in countryside management or ecological survey work, this Foundation Degree will provide you with the relevant skills to work in the industry. The course is ideal for students with a passion for natural history and the environment, enabling you to study topics such as plant and animal identification, plant biology, soil science, ecological survey techniques and farmland ecology. There are a growing number of opportunities within the conservation and environmental sector, particularly for ecological surveyors who are needed in increasing numbers due to recent changes in environmental legislation which stipulates that environmental impact assessments have to be undertaken in an increasing number of situations. Other career opportunities for Ecology and Conservation Management students include reserve managers, education officers, countryside rangers and advisers on land management. Myerscough has excellent links with the Wyre Borough Council Coast and Countryside Service, the Environment Agency, English Nature, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, FWAG and local environmental consultants. Many of these organisations are actively involved in the delivery of the course. The College has a close relationship with RSPB who have an office on campus and are involved in a research project investigating the relationship between dairy farming and birds. Fees Part time HE ?260 per module 10 credit half module ?130 per module List of Modules Year 1 ? Wetland Management: (0.5 module) Study of freshwater and coastal wetlands; identification of aquatic species; analysis of water quality and the impact of pollution on wetlands. ? Principles of Ecology: (0.5 module) Basic principles of Competition, predation, population dynamics and landscape ecology. ? Essential Soil Science: (0.5 module) The main aim of this module is to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of soil science with specific focus on the relationship between soil properties and plant growth and development. ? Essential Plant Biology: (0.5 module) The main aim of this module is to provide students with the essential knowledge of plant biology needed to allow successful management of their growth and development. ? Work Skills Development: This module provides students with first-hand experience where students will use a relevant work environment to develop practical and technical skills. Students will be encouraged to record and reflect on their own personal development during the module. ? UK Agriculture: This module investigates the present situation and the systems used in the UK for agricultural production. Year 2 ? Countryside Interpretation: Investigating the needs of current users of the countryside; potential conflicts of interest; marketing and promotional techniques. ? Landscape History and Development: Development of the UK landscape, looking at woodland, field patterns, agriculture, designed landscapes, industry and settlement patterns. ? Tree & Woodland Management: Will give an understanding of the ecological processes and practical management skills needed to undertake woodland management. ? Plant and Animal Identification: Identification of plants and animals is key to being an effective ecologist / countryside manager. It is designed to give the student a grounding in identification of key plant and animal species. It will extend this knowledge to include which plants indicate key habitats in the UK. Year 3 ? Work Project: This module aims to build on the practical, technical and personal skills developed in the Work Skills Development module and provide a structured work environment for students to identify a suitable project, work with their supervisor in developing the project and reporting on the outcomes. Students will be encouraged to

Countryside FdSc Ecology and Conservation Management - Part-time Myerscough reference: 09FOECMMYP01P Course Length: 3 years part-time Venue: Myerscough College, Preston About the Course If you are interested in specialising in countryside management or ecological survey work, this Foundation Degree will provide you with the relevant skills to work in the industry. The course is ideal for students...

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