Award: 15 credits at level 4
Duration: 12 weeks
Start Date: September (Semester 1)

ENVB40400 Management Plan


This module is designed to accommodate applicants with a variety of academic qualifications including Archeology, Architecture, Geography, Biology, Arts, Agriculture, Engineering, Environmental Science and Economics.

This module is directed at professionals interested in advancing their career in the field of heritage conservation and management.

It builds on the knowledge gained in previous modules introducing students to cultural and natural heritage conservation and the implementation of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

What will I study?

Within this module students complete a Management Plan on a selected site of conservation interest. The primary aims of this project are to increase student awareness of the key issues and challenges associated with the development of appropriate protected area sustainable management plans.

Topics include: Stakeholder and community participation, natural and cultural values, integrity and functioning of protected areas, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluating.

How will I study?

The management plan module will include:
  • Interactive course notes
  • Video clips and input from protected area managers
  • Reflective study journal
  • Interactive discussion boards

Expected Commitment

Students are not required to attend any lectures at the UCD campus as part of the module. The module is worth 15 credits, whereby one credit corresponds to approximately 25 hours of total student effort. As a guideline the workload this module (375 hours) is broken down as follows:
  • Interactive learning online: 45 hours
  • Independent study: 210 hours
  • Assessment: 120 hours

How will I be assessed?

In-semester assessment: 30%

End of semester project: 70%

On successful completion of this module I will be able to

  • Identify the different roles and functions of key actors in heritage conservation and management.
  • Analyse necessary conditions for conservation of World Heritage Sites and protected areas.
  • Apply World Heritage management plan methodology.
  • Produce an original, professional, management document, logically structured and supported by appropriate evidence.

Am I eligible?

Applicants must hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours level degree in a science, engineering or related discipline. It is advised that the module on the World Heritage Convention (ZOOL 40360) is taken in parallel.