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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)


Department: Economics, Finance and Business (Economics and Finance)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2010/11 Module Cap None.
Tied to MSc Environmental Economics and Management
Tied to MSc Environmental Economics, Management and Engineering
Tied to H1K009


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To provide the students with an advanced knowledge and critical understanding of issues related to environmental resources.


  • Introduction to Natural Resource Constraints.
  • Ecological Systems over Time.
  • Population Models.
  • Optimal Resource Management over Time.
  • Renewable Resource Economics.
  • Non-Renewable Resource Economics.
  • Fisheries and Forsets: Optimal Harvesting, Stock Recovery, and Assessing Extinction.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Have an advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the contribution of economic analysis to problems in environmental resource economics.
  • Have acquired basic analytical techniques for own analysis of resource problems.
  • Have a critical knowledge of, and be able to engage in advanced discussion of, current theoretical and empirical environmental resource research.
Subject-specific Skills:
Key Skills:
  • Written Communication;
  • Interpersonal communication;
  • Oral Communication;
  • Teamwork;
  • Planning, Organising and Time Management;
  • Problem Solving and Analysis;
  • Using initiative;
  • Numeracy;
  • Computer Literacy.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • In line with the information on teaching, learning and assessment methods provided in Section 2.1 of the Programme Specification, a combination of lectures and seminars will contribute to achieving the aims and learning outcomes of this module.
  • Summative assessment by written examination will test students' knowledge and understanding of the subject-matter, their critical judgement and problem-solving skills.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 19 1 per week 1 hour 19
Seminars 8 Fortnightly 1 hour 8
Revision 2 1 hour 2
Preparation and Reading 121
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Unseen written examination 2 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:

Students will receive written comments on a formative written assignment. Additional formative assessment, and feedback, may take a number of forms such as oral feedback on work prepared by students for seminars; answers to questions either discussed during a seminar, or posted on DUO; discussions with teaching staff during consultation hours, or via e-mail.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University