Plants, Greenspace and Urban Sustainability
University of Reading
Area of Study
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Sustainability
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
OverviewModule Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and DevelopmentNumber of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]Level:6Terms in which taught: Autumn term modulePre-requisites:Non-modular pre-requisites: Basic understanding of plant functioning OR A level Science or equivalentCo-requisites:Modules excluded:Module version for: 2016/7Summary module description:Aims:To provide the student with an overview of the role of green infrastructure in supporting sustainable living in urban environments. Green plants in urban setting provide numerous ecosystem services, which will be discussed during the module, and would apply to the ecosystem issues in developed as well as the developing world. Case studies will be used to illustrate our relationship with the urban landscape and wider environmental issues. The module has a strong focus on urban environments and the use of appropriate greening interventions to improve human health and quality of life.Assessable learning outcomes:Assessable outcomes- Identify environmental problems and suggest appropriate design and management interventions in urban landscapes that may help address or mitigate these problems.- Identify the integral role certain urban greening interventions have in satisfying human nutritional, environmental and welfare needs.- Critically evaluate terms and concepts associated with the management of the environment - ?ecosystem services?, ?green infrastructure? ?carbon footprint? etc.- Be familiar with the latest research findings associated with one or more of the key subject areas.Additional outcomes:Communication and debating skills will be developed in the lectures / seminars. Students should be able to formulate arguments and develop independent thinking.Outline content:The module will run over 10 weeks as a series of lectures, seminars and visits covering:1 Climate change and lifestyle implications2 Sustainable landscape management and carbon footprint3 Plants for places - physiological adaptation in ornamental and landscape plants to urban stress factors4 Green roofs / walls and the provision of ecosystem services5 Allotments and home-grown food6 Plants and sustainable living (biofuels, wood products, waste management)7 Urban green-space and environmental modification8 Inner-city nature reserves, conservation and biodiversity9 Student seminars10 Student seminarsBrief description of teaching and learning methods:There will be a two-hour lecture slot each week covering lecture and seminar. Students will be asked to review both a scientific publication (assigned to them) and a lay article of their choice within the broad subject area of the module.Contact hours:AutumnLectures 8Tutorials 12External Visits 4Guided independent study 76Total hours by term 100.00Total hours for module 100.00Summative Assessment Methods:Method PercentageWritten exam 60Oral assessment and presentation 40Other information on summative assessment:Review of a scientific paper assigned to the student, highlighting contribution to understanding within a specialised area. Students will provide critical comment on the content, approaches and conclusions of the paper. Oral presentation with written summary.Requirements for a pass:An overall mark of 40%.
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