This WebLog offers a brief introduction to all the Modules taught by Rory MacPhee at Falmuth Marine School. For full information on the Marine Environmental Management Degree see

Monday, 7 July 2008

Environmental Management

Level 1 Module Code FDMS151 100% coursework

Learning Outcomes

1. Advocate criteria for a sustainable future
2. Resolve issues of waste management and energy conservation
3. Formulate a workable environmental management system
4. Discuss the role of environmental management as a motivational tool

Introduction to Module

The module will introduce you at an early stage to the practicalities of an environmental audit, whilst developing an appreciation of both macro and micro issues that confront the environmental manager.


November 11th 1600hrs submission of audit susequent to a visit to the Bishops Forum on 9 and 10 October

March 20th submission of conflict mapping.


Your studies have suggested that there is considerable activity in the coastal zone, which give rise to a variety of conflicting priorities. Within the Fal/Helford Marine SAC we have a several conflicts in early 2009, for instance the proposals to build a jetty at Helford Village.

Over a three day period you will conduct a study of conflicts, meeting a variety of practitioners and protagonists and conducting a mapping process. The outcome will be presenting a summary of your findings at a conference on May 29th 2009, to be held at the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society entitled “Livings from the Sea”. Details at . The assessment benchmarks are detailed below:

1.Study minutes of Advisory Group and Management Forum meetings and summarise as a group on a dedicated WebLog
2. Identify and summarise conflicts and establish who is involved with contact details where possible, again publishing on a WebLog as a group
3. Undertake a site assessment of each area, meeting appropriate individuals wherever possible – you will be accompanied by your lecturer
4. Map the conflicts using GIS software supplied by FMS
5. Write a short report of 750 words words of reflecting on the following proposition: “Systems are available, or can be devised, not only to resolve conflict but to encourage greater adherence to the sustainable development agenda.”

Marking scheme:

Group work: 20% (1 to 3)
Individual GIS mapping: 40%
Report: 30%
Conference Presentation: 10%

You will have access to the following:

· Minutes of the SAC Advisory Group and Management Forum over the past two years
· Contact details for those involved
· Laptop computers with GIS software installedGPS receivers

Online Resources:

Site Designation JNCC
Site Description - but careful as it is several years old - SW designations map
MCS powerpoint presentation on scalloping in the SAC
Proposed bye-law to allow scallop diving
MBA site assessment
Kerrier - the natural environment
Shore Dock - primary reason for selection of the site
Estuaries - qualifying feature for SAC designation

Monday: Develop GIS map of the Fal/Helford SAC (SAC features map Helford River Map Sampling sites

Conflict Areas:

Helford Village
Greenbank Hotel
Newham Pumping station see BBC report and aerial image
Moorings eg Mylor


1. Introduction - We will discuss arrangements for an environmental audit at the Bishops Forum on 9th and 10th October.

2. Essentials of Undertaking an Environmental Audit

3. Site Visit

4. Debrief audit

5. CW Workshop: we will study the resource found here from the IEEMA as a way of focussing your efforts. Follow this up with a study of the BMF's ECOP, found below. Note that we will be travelling to the GreenBlue conference on November the 4th, details here. Bear in mind that when you do your coursework you are essentially undertaking an "eco-mapping" exercise. There is a very good resource on this subject targeted at social enterprises here. Finally, please make sure to use this resource fully and read the links I have set up below.

Half Term

6. CW Workshop and conference de-brief

7. Environmental Impact Assessments for three weeks

10. Macro Issues - peak oil, climate change, acidification of ocaens, trans-boundary waste disposal

11. Micro Issues - waste management, sewage treatment, renewable energy, slow food


12. Summary and overview

13. Reading week

14 - 20: Block Teaching

21. End of Module - de-brief


Insititute of Environmental Management and Assessment
Implementing an Environmental Management System
Essentials of an Environmental Management System
Essentials of Strategic Impact Asessment
Essentials of EIA
Managing Noise
British Marine Federation Environmental Code of Practice DO NOT PRINT THIS OUT
Three Student Essays well worth a read
Business Advice (BERR)
Mapping - divergent view from "Mapping the Way We Live" - Atlas of the Real World


Peak Oil
Embodied energy

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