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Current Research in Environmental Science - ENV00074M

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Robert Mills
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

This seminar based module involves small group discussion covering a range of current and emerging scientific challenges around environmental science and management. The module is assessed with a popular science article and participation in the seminars.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module aims to broaden the students’ perspectives through engaging them critically with current research in environmental science. Through discussion in small groups, students will be able to develop their existing knowledge in relation to emerging research areas, critically appraise current research via debate and discussion and relate research to its scientific, political, economic and societal context. As well as developing the students’ skills in critical appraisal, this module also aims to enhance their communication skills.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of today’s environmental problems and place them into a wider context.
  • Critically engage with and discuss academic articles and environmental reports.
  • Express verbally and in writing a critical understanding of contemporary environmental problems
  • Apply knowledge of concepts to the critical evaluation of research, advanced scholarship and methodologies and argue alternative approaches
  • Ability to participate in discussions
  • The ability to summarise a body of work and produce a concise summary highlighting the critical findings.


Task Length % of module mark
Coursework - extensions not feasible/practicable
N/A 10
Popular Science article
N/A 90

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Two workshops will support the popular science article assessment.


Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment: Popular Science article
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback on the popular science article will be delivered individually within four weeks of submission.

Indicative reading

All research papers that are discussed within the seminars will be uploaded onto the VLE site for this module.

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.