BSc Environmental Management / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Applied Project

Course unit fact file
Unit code PLAN10092
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? Yes




·         Collecting and analysing data

·         Using Excel to analyse, understand, interpret and present data


Fieldtrip – site visit to Poynton, Cheshire.


Maps and mapping.

·         Introduction to OS mapping

·         Spatial data and Geographical Information Systems

·         How to make a map in GIS


How to present your analysis

·         PowerPoint, PhotoShop skills


Submit assessment 1 - Baseline analysis report


Study Week


Spatial Analysis

·         How can we understand places?

·         From wide areas to site analysis


Fieldtrip – site visit to Poynton, Cheshire.


Project work – focusing on the work for your second assessment.


Project work – scenarios mapping.


Project work – finalising your proposals.


Project work – final tweaks to your project report.



  1. To provide you with a broad range of skills to help you understand, analyse, interpret and study the built and natural environment.
  2. To integrate and consolidate knowledge and skills learned elsewhere on the Degree Programme.
  3. To extend your information, communication and team working skills.
  4. To develop prescriptive skills in relation to realistic spatial planning and environmental problems and opportunities.
  5. To develop initial skills in appraisal, intervention and policy responses to spatial problems, including spatial analytical and design skills.
  6. To provide some insight in to the processes by which places develop, decline and regenerate and how environmental professionals play a key role in such processes.

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will be primarily studio and computer lab based workshops supported by site visits to a nearby town.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand how places are made and shaped by social, economic and environmental factors.
  • Understand how to measure, map and analyse place.
  • An understanding of the types of data available, and the methods by which to analyse that data are key skills required by you to carry out what we call evidence based policy making.

Intellectual skills

  • Develop skills in the analysis of spaces and places.
  • Develop skills in using analytical spatial analysis and design software.

Practical skills

  • Use a range of IT resources to obtain, analyse and present information, including:
    • how to use different types of mapping and aerial photography for spatial analysis.
    • how to analyse social, economic and environmental data.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Develop skills in working as part of a team.
  • Develop skills in report writing and presentation of work to a professional standard.

Assessment methods






1.    Baseline analysis report.



Continuous verbal feedback will be provided in weekly practical sessions.  Formal feedback will be provided through Turnitin within 15 working days of submission.

2.    Scenario mapping and proposals report.



Continuous verbal feedback will be provided in weekly practical sessions.  Formal feedback will be provided through Turnitin within 15 working days of submission.


Recommended reading

Sheppard, A. and Smith, N. (2013) Study skills for town and country planning. London: Sage.


Kneale, P.E. (2011) Study Skills for Geography, Earth and Environmental Science Students. 3rd Edition, London, Hodder Education.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Fieldwork 24
Lectures 2
Practical classes & workshops 48
Seminars 20
Independent study hours
Independent study 106

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ransford Antwi Acheampong Unit coordinator

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