Contemporary Conservation Management

Module code: AE1734

Module co-ordinator: Dr Kate Moore

In this module we will consider the roles of statutory and non statutory bodies in environmental governance along with the use of basic social science research methods (quantitative and qualitative) in conservation management. Using a geographical information system, you will collect, store, manipulate, analyse and visualise ecological data. you will learn spatial data handling, and how to create biodiversity and environmental management strategies and conservation management plans.


This module is studied by distance learning. Methods include: 

  • Guided computer-based exercises and tutorials, fieldwork
  • Guided online and printed resources, independent research
  • Online discussion forum for tutor/peer support


  • 2 x computer-based mapping exercises with short written commentary, 500 words (30%)
  • Conservation management plan, 2,500 words (70%) - including description of habitat and area with map, ecological concerns, conservation status, management objectives, actions (e.g. logistics, methods for stakeholder engagement) and environmental impact assessment