Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Responding to risks in terrestrial environments DUMF5135

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will introduce learners to the causes and impacts of risk in terrestrial environments; highlighting drivers, potential impacts and scale, as well as mitigation and monitoring strategies. Learners will be introduced to different land-uses, including agriculture, mining and forestry, and consider policies, strategies and management approaches for ecological restoration. The course will be delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars, field-visits and sample collection and laboratory classes.


2 - 3 hours of contact a week

Requirements of Entry

Admission to programme.

Excluded Courses





1. Written report (75%): a critical analysis of land-use of an area chosen by the student and potential risk and mitigation approaches


2. Group oral presentation (25%): analysis of field data collected on the distribution of Lead (Pb) and potential remediation solutions

Course Aims

• To increase student understanding of the importance of land-use as a driver of environmental risk

• To highlight ongoing and historical impacts of terrestrial land-use change on ecological and human communities

• To develop critical thinking, risk identification and assessment, decision making, reporting and communication skills

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Identify sources of risk from different land management approaches

■ Critically evaluate the implications of land-use to human and ecological communities

■ Critically evaluate mitigation and adaption approaches to alleviate, negate or restore ecosystems

■ Demonstrate relevant presentation, analytical, risk assessment and reporting skills

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.