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Frontiers in Environmental Research - ENV00029C

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Eleanor Jew
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

This module will provide students with an understanding of a range of contemporary environmental issues such as climate change, pollution, contaminants and land use change. These topics will be discussed through small-group tutorials. Students will gain skills in essay writing and oral presentations, and they will be assessed through group presentations and individual essays on specific environmental topics.

Professional requirements


Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2022-23

Module aims

  • To provide students with an understanding of key concepts in Environmental Science using a problem-based approach in a series of seminars. Students will examine case studies in a range of environments, from the oceans to the atmosphere. These fundamental environmental concepts will feed into more advanced modules in years 2 and 3.
  • To enable students to explore a range of current environmental challenges with research experts, considering the wider context, implications and solutions for each environmental challenge.
  • To provide students with key skills training in the research process - finding and using sources, then communicating this knowledge through essays and oral presentation.

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
Coursework - extensions not feasible/practicable
Contribution and Participation
N/A 15
1500 Word Essay
N/A 65
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
N/A 20

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.