Concepts in Environmental Science - ENV00027C

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Sylvia Toet
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module summary

This module provides students with an understanding of key concepts in Environmental Science using a problem-based approach in a series of seminars and field and lab practicals, which enable the students to apply the concepts in freshwater, marine and atmospheric environments. Key skills training in the research process, fundamental calculations for environmental science, and finding and using sources is uncluded in this module.

Professional requirements

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Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18 to Spring Term 2017-18

Module aims

  • To provide students with an understanding of key concepts in Environmental Science using a problem-based approach in a series of seminars which enable the students to apply the concepts in freshwater, marine and atmospheric environments. These fundamental environmental principles will feed into more advanced modules in years 2 and 3.
  • To allow students to develop ‘hands-on’ experience in primary data collection, environmental field and lab techniques, fundamental environmental calculations, data analysis and report writing. A portfolio will be put together based on small tasks associated with the practicals and seminars during the module, involving data handling and analysis, fundamental environmental calculations and exercises on environmental concepts. A lab report will be written based on one of the later sets of field/lab practical sessions.
  • To provide students with key skills training in the research process, fundamental calculations for environmental science, and finding and using sources.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • To understand and be able to apply to problem solve, key concepts of environmental science
  • To have an awareness of key research methods

Academic and graduate skills

  • To be able to undertake environmental experiments in the field and lab and collect high quality data
  • To be competent in analysing, interpreting and reporting environmental data sets
  • To be competent in carrying out fundamental environmental calculations
  • To be able to find and use relevant sources for research and critical evaluation of environmental issues
  • To develop skills to work in a group during field and lab practicals

Module content

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Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Lab Report
N/A 50
Essay/coursework
Portfolio
N/A 50

Special assessment rules

None

Additional assessment information

The students will also receive formative feedback during sessions, and can receive regular feedback through the Skills Suport Hub on the VLE.

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
2000 Word Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Work will be returned according the standard Environment Department “turnaround time" of four weeks. Individual written feedback will be provided as well as additional feedback during dedicated sessions.

Indicative reading

Andrews, J.E., Brimblecombe, P., Jickells, T.D., Liss, P.S. and Reid, B. (2004). Introduction to Environmental Chemistry, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK.

Baird, C. and Cann, M. (2012). Environmental Chemistry, Fifth Edition, W.H. Freeman and Company, New York, USA.



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