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School of Environment, Education and Development

Student of environmental monitoring and modelling at The University of Manchester
MSc Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction
Develop your environmental fieldwork skills, data handling and analysis at master's level.

MSc Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Environmental Monitoring and Modelling Concepts

Unit code GEOG70581
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Geography
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

Topics covered include:
1. Measuring environmental phenomena
2. Environmental monitoring
3. Models and modelling
4. Model validation

Students will look at a range of examples, including case studies of hydrological and geomorphological models.

Aims

• To understand the role of environmental models.
• To acquaint students with the types of models used in environmental science.
• To introduce students to the techniques used for environmental monitoring and modelling.
• To appreciate the links between monitoring and modelling in an environmental context

Learning outcomes

By the end of this Course Unit students should:
• Understand the range of techniques used for environmental measurement and monitoring.
• Have developed an awareness of the utility of different environmental models.
• Appreciate the assumptions and problems associated with environmental models.
• Have been introduced to modelling terrestrial and aquatic systems.
• Gained practical experience of modelling environmental phenomena.
• Understand the role of fieldwork in environmental monitoring.

Additionally, during the course unit, students should develop/improve the following abilities and skills:
• Data processing and spreadsheet skills.
• Spatial analysis using a Geographical Information System (GIS).
• Oral and written communication skills.

Teaching and learning methods

The course is delivered through a mixture of lectures, discussions, computer-based practical exercises, and field work.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand the range of techniques used for environmental measurement and monitoring.
  • Have developed an awareness of the utility of different environmental models.
  • Appreciate the assumptions and problems associated with environmental models.
  • Have been introduced to modelling terrestrial and aquatic systems.

Intellectual skills

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving

Practical skills

  • Practical experience of modelling environmental phenomena.
  • Data processing and spreadsheet skills.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Data analysis and presentation.

Assessment methods

Students will be assessed on two course work assignments.

The combined length of both assignments will be 4,000 words.

Feedback methods

Feedback on summative assignments is provided through blackboard.

Formative feedback is provided throughout the semester.

Recommended reading

Gray, W.G. and Gray, G.A. (2016). Introduction to Environmental Modeling. Cambridge University Press.

 

Smith, J., Smith, P.E. (2007). Environmental Modelling: An Introduction. Oxford University

Wainwright, J., Mulligan, M. (2013). Environmental Modelling: Finding Simplicity in Complexity. John Wiley, Chichester.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Practical classes & workshops 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 120

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Claire Goulsbra Unit coordinator

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