BIOL30020 Landscape Ecology

Academic Year 2021/2022

The module aims to develop an understanding of the ecological principles that underpin integrated landscape management. Integrated landscape management considers how the landscape can provide multiple benefits for a large variety of users. In the module, we are going to learn basic ecological concepts that guide ecological analysis of structures and processes occurring in landscapes. These concepts will help us interpret landscapes in terms of how they evolved in the past and how they cope with environmental constraints and disturbances or design landscapes so ecological processes are enhanced. Many parts of the Irish landscape are influenced by human use and management. We will learn how different habitats in the landscape can be managed to conserve and enhance biodiversity. The concept of adaptive management will be introduced, which takes into consideration not just the initial state of the landscape but considers how things change over time in order to adapt human interventions to changing circumstances. Adaptive management can be used to enhance resilience in ecosystems and climate change adaptation, thus contributing to halting the loss of biodiversity. Throughout the module theoretical learning will be illustrated by case studies and a campus walk about.
Student feedback: this module is being revised every year based on feedback received from students. Changes that will be implemented as a result of feedback from last year (2019) will be that students take a more active role in their learning by completing assigned readings. The overall time of lectures will be reduced in favor of peer-to-peer interactions to help with achieving learning outcomes

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Describe the factors that contributed to shaping current semi-natural habitats of Ireland, including glacial history, human settlement and management, as well as dispersal of species.
- Understand how ecosystem dynamics and plant adaptations are shaped by environmental constraints and disturbance.
- Utilise principles of landscape ecology for landscape design and biodiversity conservation and restoration.
- Appraise strategies for, and the implications of, landscape management for climate change adaptation and multiple end-uses.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Conversation Class


Field Trip/External Visits




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module consists of peer-learning activities blended with lectures that link into case studies a campus walk about 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Landscape Ecology (AESC30140), Landscape Ecology (ERM30060)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: 1500 word, referenced essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: Infographic Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided at the end of module along with grading.

Name Role
Dr Paul Brooks Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Martina Caplice Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Simone Ciuti Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Grace Cott Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor John Fry Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Tamara Hochstrasser Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Julia Jones Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Adam Kane Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Mary Kelly-Quinn Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 4, 6, 8, 9, 12 Fri 14:00 - 14:50
Field Trip Offering 1 Week(s) - 5, 7 Fri 14:00 - 17:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1 Mon 14:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 14:00 - 15:50