Short Title:Health, Recreation & Green Infrastructure
Full Title:Health, Recreation & Green Infrastructure
Module Code:HTSC H4037
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Christopher Boylan
Module Description:The purpose of this module is to give the student an understanding of the concept of green infrastructure which requires that the planning and management of natural areas, open space (including productive land) and ecosystem services be incorporated into established development planning and resource management systems. Students will study the various ecosystem services and functions and their specific, measurable, outcome-based objectives which are essential to justify the various actions in the strategy formulation stage, and for the measurement of success after implementation. For example, an objective for biodiversity enhancement might be the conservation or development of a specified amount of land of a particular habitat. For recreation, an objective might be to provide an open space of a minimum size within say 500 metres from every home, or to develop a specified length of dedicated cycle path within the lifetime of the plan. For water management, an objective might be to restrict certain developments on lands with a risk of flooding. Examples of green infrastructure elements include ‘Greenways’ the development of a network of pedestrian and cycle trails and improving the connectivity between routes and maximising the recreational potential of state controlled land and assets to promote young people’s engagement in recreation activities.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Articulate the concept of green infrastructure, and identify the key opportunities for interface with grey infrastructure.
  2. Have knowledge of the benefit of green infrastructure ecosystem services that contribute to human physical and psychological health.
  3. Discuss how green infrastructure as a conservation and planning tool with regulatory and financing approaches can address environmental issues, drawing from literature in planning, design evaluation and ecological sciences.
  4. Identify the design considerations, performance measures and maintenance issues for sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) including green roofs.
  5. Have knowledge of the importance of an interdisciplinary approach for integrating grey and green infrastructure into urban environments and the design of elements for multiple uses.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Green Infrastructure Concept and Global Development.
Introduction to the concept and strategies of green infrastructure that integrates human and natural systems through a network of corridors and spaces in mixed-use and urban settings. A review of various legislation, policies and examples of best practice relevant to Green Infrastructure. Global green infrastructure planning and conservation efforts in Europe and America. Current European Commission policy on Green Infrastructure. Green infrastructure planning in the UK and in Ireland. This section will include information on selected legislation and policies and ecological network classes that govern the design and implementation of green infrastructure.
Mapping Ireland’s Green Infrastructure.
Consideration of the various elements in terms of the national, regional and local scale and how they relate to the following social and economic benefits: Recreation & Health, Biodiversity & Natural, Coast, Water Resource and Flood Management, Sense of place, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Economic Development, Social Inclusion, Productive Environments – Food, Fibre, Energy. However, the emphasis in this module will be on three benefits as follows; • Biodiversity: The biodiversity element is deemed to be the ecological networks approach, facilitating the development and enhancement of core, buffer and corridor areas for the purposes of biodiversity conservation. • Recreational and Quality of life: Recognising that Green Infrastructure has more uses than just acting as a location for habitats and species, the Recreation and Quality of Life element includes uses such as recreation, health and clean air site planning, green buildings, energy and transport, that deliver benefits to people. • Water Quality and Flood Attenuation: Water courses, floodplains, coastal areas, and wetlands have fundamental roles in relation to provision and maintenance of water and water quality. They also play important and critical roles in flood attenuation by acting as conduits of water, buffers against flooding, and sponge effects for holding water to reduce rapid runoff and controlling water levels
Case Studies in Green Infrastructure.
Case studies will be used to highlight the national and international adoption of green infrastructure planning the range of elements and benefits gained but the module will emphasise the work done in Ireland, in particular the approach outlined in “Creating Green Infrastructure for Ireland” published in August 2010 by Comhar Sustainable Development Council. These case studies will form part of the continuous assessment for students in groups who will be required to study their details and present them in class sessions.
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %30.00%
Final Exam Assessment %70.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Case study Students will be required to study a number of relevant case studies and present their findings in class 3,4,5 20.00 n/a
In-class test In-class tests 1,2 10.00 n/a
Final Exam Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,3,4,5 70.00 End-of-Semester
Indicative Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

ITB reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Indicative Module Workload & Resources

Indicative Workload: Full Time
Frequency Indicative Average Weekly Learner Workload
Every Week 24.00
Every Week 24.00
Every Week 12.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • Anon 2010, Creating Green Infrastructure for Ireland., Comhar Sustainable Development Council
  • Austin, Gary 2014, Green Infrastructure for Landscape Planning; Integrating Human and Natural Systems., Routledge
  • European Commission 2012, The Multifunctionality of Green Infrastructure., European Commission
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Daily, G. 1997, Ecosystem Services: Benefits supplied to Human Societies by Natural Ecosystems., Ecological Society of America.
  • Hassan, R. M., S. R. Carpenter, K. Chopra, D. Capistrano. 2005, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Ecosystems and Human Well-Being., Island Press
  • Jongman, R. H. and G. Pungetti 2004, Ecological Networks and Greenways: Concept, Design, Implementation., Cambridge University Press
  • Kadlec, R. H. 2009, Treatment Wetlands, CRC Press
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • n/a: Shane Colgan 2012, Green Infrastructure Policy and Planning in Ireland, Environmental Protection Agency
  • n/a: Local Authorities in IrelandDevelopment Plans

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
BN_SHTSC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [240 ECTS credits] 7 Elective
BN_SHTSC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [Add on 60 ECTS credits] 1 Elective