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Environmental management 1

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  • Points: 30
  • Code: T219
  • Level: 2

Student reviews

This was my least favourite module out of nearly 5 years of OU study. I found it extremely monotonous and tedious and redrawing and redrawing the same diagrams over and over drove me and many others in our tutor group crazy. I didn't feel there was much new information introduced and that which was, left me confused. This was also the first course which I didn't score an overall distinction which has really upset me as I tried super hard. T319 is shaping up to be exactly the same and if I don't start enjoying this module I may look to change back to the Environmental Science degree path in the hope I can get a first in that. Seems like T219 and T319 have ruined by 4 years of OU enjoyment.

Course starting: October 2014

Review posted: December 2015

Faculty response

T219 teaches an approach to environmental management which recognises that many environmental challenges are complex, unpredictable and change over time.

This means that there is a requirement to engage with multiple perspectives (different people can bring useful insights into the frame). The wider the exploration and engagement, the better: a multidisciplinary, big picture and participatory analysis is just as important as perspectives from technical specialists and scientific experts.

The form of communication therefore needs to be looked at carefully. Not all participants are comfortable with written text, numbers and scientific/technical jargon. Visual communication, such as diagrams, can play an important part in the environmental management process.

T219 emphasises that complex environmental management dilemmas rarely have simple quick fix solutions - there are rarely clear-cut right or wrong actions. A pragmatic, learning approach, that focuses on the root, long-term social causes of environmental management dilemmas, is therefore favoured over exclusively short-termist, technical and science-led interventions.

The way we approach environmental management in T219 may therefore be challenging to those that favour an exclusively technical and scientific perspective. However, we have also found that many students with engineering and scientific backgrounds that are able to overcome this challenge are then able to establish successful careers in the environmental management profession.

Sadly, I did not enjoy this course. This is the first module in my degree that I have disliked. To be totally fair this was a brand new module and I am sure adjustments will be made and tutors should understand the material more in the future. However, it is painfully dull. That's not really going to change. It is also necessary to work in an online 'community' group with fellow students, I thought this was a nice idea and would lift the course a little but it didn't really work that well and left everyone confused.

The pace is about right and there is a nice range of online materials including a group wiki page which I thought was a clever idea.
I do wish I could be more positive about T219 but I can not recommend choosing it.

Course starting: October 2013

Review posted: September 2014

Faculty response

We are pleased that you found the teaching materials and pace appropriate, and that you liked the range of online materials. Some changes have been made for 2014, but group work will continue to be a significant part of T219 as environmental management requires collaboration between diverse groups of people. We are surprised that you found the module ‘dull’. We have designed T219 so that it engages students in a range of practical activities on subjects we think are exciting and important in environmental management including energy; ICT; transport; and water; and does so through a rich mixture of text, video, audio and graphical media.

Please note

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Module satisfaction survey

The figures below are taken from a survey of students who sat the exam/completed the end-of-module assessment for the October 2016 presentation of T219. The survey was carried out in 2017.

50 students (a response rate of 24.4%) responded to the survey covering what they thought of 10 aspects of the module.

Please note that if the percentage of students who responded to this module survey is below 30% and/or the number of responses is below 23 it means that only a small proportion of students provided feedback and their views as shown here may not be fully representative of all students who studied the module.

See this page for the full text of questions and more information about the survey.

% Count
Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module 46.9 23
Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience 56 28
The module provided good value for money 47.8 22
I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module 64 32
Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module 52 26
The learning outcomes of the module were clearly stated 64 32
I would recommend this module to other students 30 15
The module met my expectations 32 16
I enjoyed studying this module 40 20
Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module 52 26
Faculty comment: "We thank the students who completed the survey. This is a challenging module conceptually, methodologically and practically, as it does involve group work. We're pleased that the majority of respondents were positive about the support of their tutor; and that the learning outcomes of the module were clearly stated. The areas of less satisfaction are disappointing. Timings have been revised from October 2017 and we'll review other areas. However, in a wider context, many students do complete the module and gain a great deal from it - some describing it as completely changing their perspective on environmental management."
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