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Frontiers in Environmental Research - ENV00029C

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Sylvia Toet
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module summary

This module will provide students with an understanding of a range of contemporary environmental issues such as climate change, renewable energy, contaminants and sustainable fishery discussed through small-group tutorials, oral presentation sessions and writing an essay on a specific environmental topic.

Professional requirements


Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21

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

  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of today’s environmental problems and their solutions, and to put them into a wider context.

Academic and graduate skills

  • Be competent in discussing scientific papers in a group, and recognise and respect the views and opinions of other students
  • Be competent in obtaining and summarising environmental science information critically from reliable sources
  • Be able to present information verbally in a structured, informative and interesting manner
  • Be able to write a structured, informative and well-researched essay

Module content



Task Length % of module mark
1500 Word Essay
N/A 65
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
N/A 20
Contribution and Participation
N/A 15

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

The students will receive formative feedback during sessions.


Task Length % of module mark
1500 Word Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written individual feedback to the essay will be provided according to standard Environment Department “turnaround time” of four weeks. The students will also receive written feedback on their presentation. Dedicated feedback sessions will offer the students further feedback and opportunity to ask questions.

Indicative reading

Scientific papers for tutorials

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.