Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Landscape and Human Impact

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Spatial Planning and Infrastructure

DESCRIPTION Study-unit Aims:

- Introduce students to the contribution of disciplines that are concerned with the study of the interaction between human beings and the physical environment;

- Introduce local elements of landscape, and geo-morphology, and to understand the impact of human settlements on eco-systems;

- Introduce concepts of bio-diversity, and of nature and ecology as basic components of any sustainable spatial development;

- Introduce an understanding of the nature of soil, as a scarce asset to be considered in sustainable planning.

Learning Outcomes:

- Ability to analyze existing ecosystems and landscape systems;

- Ability to assess the impact of human settlements on eco-systems;

- Ability to assess the manner by which human behavior moulds and is in turn affected by spatial development.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Smith, T.M. & Smith, R.L. (2011). Elements of Ecology. Pearson

Townsend, CR., Begon, M., and Harper, J. (2006). Essentials of ecology. Wiley

Primack, R.B. (2008). A Primer of Conservation Biology. Sinauer Associates

Bennett, A.F. (2003). Linkages in the landscape: the role of corridors and connectivity in wildlife conservation. IUCN Forest Conservation Programme

Bell, P.A., Baum, A., Fischer, J.D. and Greene, T.C. (2000). Environmental Psychology. Wadsworth Publishing Company


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 50%
Presentation SEM1 Yes 50%


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