Plymouth University Academic Partnerships cornwall college(camborne) Programme Quality Handbook

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1Welcome and Introduction to BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management (Top up) 6

2Programme Team 6

3Personal Tutor 7

3.1Plymouth Portal 8

4Programme Details 9

4.1Enhancement Activities 9

4.2Progression through the programme 9

4.3HE Careers Guidance – Cornwall College 10

4.4HE Careers Guidance – Plymouth University 10

5Employment Opportunities 10

6Teaching, Learning and Assessment 11

6.1Referencing Guides 11

7Assessment Schedules and Feedback 11

8Student Feedback 15

8.1Student Representation and Enhancement 15

8.2Student Perception Surveys 15

8.3Closing the Feedback Loop 16

8.4Programme Committee Meetings (PCM) 17

8.5Complaints 17

8.6Extenuating Circumstances 17

9Appendix 18

9.1Programme Specification 18

Programme Title: BSc(Hons) Environmental Resource Management (Top up) 19

Partner Delivering Institution: Cornwall College 19

State Date: 2016-17 19

First Award Date: 2016-17 19

Date(s) of Revision(s) to this Document: 19

PS1. Programme Details 21

PS2. Brief Description of the Programme 21

PS3. Details of Accreditation by a Professional/Statutory Body (if appropriate) 22

PS4. Exceptions to Plymouth University Regulations 22

PS5. Programme Aims 22

PS6. Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO) 22

PS7. Distinctive Features 23

PS8. Student Numbers 23

PS9. Progression Route(s) 23

PS10. Admissions Criteria 25

PS11. Academic Standards and Quality Enhancement 25

PS12. Programme Structure 27

PS13. Explanation and Mapping of Learning Outcomes, Teaching & Learning and Assessment 28

PS14. Work Based/ Related Learning 33

Appendix 34

  1. Welcome and Introduction to BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management (Top up)

May we begin by warmly welcoming you to the BSc (Hons) in Environmental Resource Management. The College is delighted that you have chosen to continue your studies with us. We are sure you are going to have a great time here and will get a great deal from the programme.

This Student Handbook is designed specifically for the Degree you are studying the BSc (Hons) in Environmental Resource Management. In it you will find information about:

  • Who will be teaching and providing support to you

  • What you will be studying

  • How to get the best from your experiences here.

Remember that this programme is only one year long, so we want you to ‘hit the ground running’. So please take the time to read this handbook, especially if you are joining the college from another place of study or work.

This programme has been designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge base required to work in your chosen specialism or other graduate opportunities. It is also a platform from which you can undertake additional vocational and academic qualifications.

This Programme Quality handbook contains important information including:

  • The approved programme specification

  • Module records

Note: the information in this handbook should be read in conjunction with the current edition of the College Handbook which contains student support based information on issues such as finance and studying at HE along with the University’s Student Handbook available here:
  1. Programme Team

Programme Leader

Dr Bruce Forrest: He is the Programme Leader, Project Supervisor, Module Leader, personal tutor.


Module Leaders:

Dr Michael Hunt

Module leader for Project module, project supervisor

Dr Steve Brown

Project supervisor

Warren Evans

Module leader for ‘Environmental economics and sustainability’ and ‘Environmental strategy and marketing’

Yvonne Oates

Lecturer in Geographic information systems, project supervisor

Dr Geoff Garbett

Module leader for Wildlife Crime

Matt Richardson

Biology/chemistry technician

Keith Dingley

Physics technician.


What does the Corporate HE Assistant Registrar (CHEAR) do? The CHEAR is your point of contact in HE Operations for all administrative paperwork to do with the programme.

He can be contacted on: Telephone: 01209 617757 or Ext 3757. Email:
  1. Personal Tutor

Your personal tutor should be the first person at the College that you speak to if you are having any personal difficulties that are affecting your studies. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem. Your personal tutor is there to provide additional academic and personal support concerning issues that may affect your studies. Personal Tutors are particularly important for students in their first year, helping them to manage the transition from school or the workplace to university-style life. Personal tutors also assist with helping you to engage with important aspects of preparation for your career and or progression to further study and profiling your progress through the programme.

Your main support for academic issues relating to specific modules will be the lecturer who is teaching that module. Your tutor will be the person who; if the College is asked, will write a personal reference for you during, or on completion of your studies.

Programme staff will communicate with students in the following ways:

  • Email - staff will communicated with you via your college and/or university email. In order to maintain professionalism staff will NOT communicate with you directly using your personal email. If you do not wish to regularly check BOTH your College and Plymouth University emails you must ensure that these are forwarded to your personal email address.

  • Text messaging – Under exceptional circumstances staff may contact you via text. Please ensure that your Programme Manager has your current mobile number.

  • College/Institution intranet / virtual learning environment – For module level communications staff use the Moodle Site. Please make sure that you are enrolled onto all of your modules.

  • HE Operations Moodle Pages – this site houses a vast array of information relevant to your time at the College.

  • Plymouth University Student Portal (see section below)

  • Programme Notice-Board

  • HE bulletins

  • Link to College/Institution campus map or details:

  • Links to disability support teams:

The university personal tutoring policy is available for information and guidance.

    1. Plymouth Portal

As a Plymouth student you are able to access the University’s e-resources through the Plymouth portal (the University’s internal staff and student website).

There is access to over £2 million of e-resources and e-journals in a variety of different subject ranges which can be used to support your studies. An excellent library guide has been developed to help you access these resources off campus and this also links you to subject specific resources. This link takes you to the universities library guide homepage

In addition the University has created a Student Study File available at which signposts you to a wealth of resources including UPSU (Plymouth Student Union), Study Skills Guides and using the portal.

You will automatically have a Plymouth University e-mail account accessed through myEdesk, E-mail, calendar, contacts, (OWA) structured as follows: Your password will always be given in this format Dob.dd/mm/yyyy e.g Dob.10/07/1984 . You can change your password once into the portal however please make sure it is something memorable as you will need it throughout your studies.

There are instructions located on the student study file on how to forward your University emails to your preferred email address to ensure you obtain the necessary Plymouth communications throughout your studies.

To change your password at any time - click on the ‘Change Password’ on the top right hand side of the homepage.

If you have forgotten your passwords please go to and you can reset it easily. Alternatively you can go to HE Operations who will be able to reset it for you as well.

To access the portal type http:/// into your browser OR if you want to go in via the extranet type and then click on Internal Students.

Enter the username and password given to you from your programme manager or Learning Resource Staff member.

The Student Community on the Portal signposts you to many resources including:

  • E-resources, journals, databases - click on the myEdesk, Library, Media & IT (TIS)

  • University student services and learning resources

  • Link into UPSU, the University’s Student Union

  • Academic information and regulations including the University student handbook

  • How to work safely on the web

  1. Programme Details

    1. Enhancement Activities

The course will begin with an induction activity providing us all with an opportunity to get to know each other before the formal teaching starts. This usually takes the form of a day trip to the coast. Depending upon your choice of modules you will take part in field trips or site visits and may have talk from visiting speakers.

An important aspect of this degree is its vocational nature. All students are encouraged to seek relevant employment or placement during their studies – that is why the actual ‘teaching’ timetable leaves you with some free time during the week. But additionally, many of the modules have vocational elements, such as practical experience, visits to and from individuals and organisations in your vocational area and simulations.

Rather than separating work related learning into a separate module the college has a policy of embedding work related activities across the programme. This means ensuring that there is a range of experiences which relate closely to employment and work, such as visits, visiting speakers, practical’s in simulated situations. This ensures that students have a very rich environment in which to develop their skills, and observe others working.

Students of Cornwall College are encouraged to develop their PDPs in a variety of ways. The tutorial system, where programme leaders act as personal tutors and see their tutees on a regular basis clearly feeds into the principles of PDP. At the end of each module, students are encouraged to review what they have learnt and how it might contribute to their employability and their personal development. And there is a similar end of term and end of year review conducted by the tutor.

    1. Progression through the programme

Your Programme Manager has access to University staff and is able to communicate your questions regarding progression to programmes at Plymouth University.

If you progress to a Plymouth University honours degree programme, your final Honours Degree classification will be calculated to include marks from each of your levels of study.

10% from Level 4 – calculated from the highest achieved 80 credits.  Where modules are arranged in such a way that the 80 credits of ‘highest module marks’ cannot be identified unequivocally, the average for the best 70 credits and 90 credits will be calculated and the student given the best advantage.

30% from Level 5

60% from Level 6

If you progress onto Level 5 of a programme at Plymouth University, then 10% (of the highest achieved 80 credits or where modules are arranged in such a way that the 80 credits of ‘highest module marks’ cannot be identified unequivocally, the average for the best 70 credits and 90 credits will be calculated and the student given the best advantage) will come from your level 4 marks studied previously, 30% of your level 5 aggregate mark will be drawn from the level 5 modules studied at Plymouth University and then 60% from your level 6 aggregate mark at Plymouth University.

    1. HE Careers Guidance – Cornwall College

HE Careers and Employability – please promote to your students

  • There is a new HE Careers and Employability section on Moodle; accessible via the Learner Resources tab. This is a really useful resource which both you and your students can use. Please e-mail Heidi Channell with details of any other web resources you use and she will add them to Moodle:

  • UCAS Applications for Teacher Training open on 27th October.

  • Encourage your HE students to access HE Careers Advice by e-mailing Heidi:

  • Here is a link to the Plymouth University Careers & Employability site which includes the Events Calendar:
    1. HE Careers Guidance – Plymouth University

As a Plymouth University student you will also be able to access the Plymouth University Careers and Employability Service which can provide a wealth of guidance and support resources.
  1. Employment Opportunities

Whilst studying this programme you will be given the opportunity to develop further personal and employability related skills, through planned module content and also external opportunities. A range of teaching approaches are used to specifically enable you to develop and enhance your communication and team working skills. Employers and other industry professionals also input into the programme giving you further contacts.
  1. Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Your performance in a module will be assessed during the academic year, normally through a combination of coursework and end of year examinations. You must pass the assessments in order to be credited with that module for your award. In addition, some modules may have to be passed as pre-requisites for others taken later in your programme.

The method of assessment varies between modules and your lecturers will advise you of the method(s) to be used. This reflects the need to develop a range of different knowledge, understanding and skills. During your programme you may experience some, or all, of the following types of assessment:

Coursework essay questions

  • Coursework group reports

  • Coursework case study problems

  • Group presentations

  • Small group assessed discussions

  • Practical’s

  • Formal examinations

  • In-class tests

  • Online assessments

  • Portfolios

  • Research project

In all cases these are chosen and designed to assess your achievement of the particular learning outcomes for the module. You will be given Assessment Criteria which are used to judge the extent of your achievement.

Please note that ALL assessment marks and results are provisional until confirmed by the Subject Assessment Panel and verified by the Award Assessment Board. If you do well enough, i.e. you average a mark of over 70% over all your modules at the end of your programme then you will qualify for the award of a First Class Degree. You should note marks of 70% and over are awarded for outstanding work only.

Please reference the Benchmarking Skills Map within the Programme Specification for further details on how the teaching, learning and assessments are achieved within each module.

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