ENVR06059 2017 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

General Details

Full Title
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Transcript Title
INTRO TO ENV SCIENCE
Code
ENVR06059
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Steve Tonry, Ann-Marie Duddy
Programme Membership
SG_SAGRI_B07 201700 Bachelor of Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SSCIE_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) SG_SENVI_B07 201700 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SSCIE_C06 201700 Higher Certificate in Science SG_SAGRI_B07 201800 Bachelor of Science in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SAGRI_H08 201800 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science
Description

This Module investigates  global, national and local environmental issues and assesses the role of Man in his environment.  It introduces the concept of social responsibility and explores the role of the environmental scientist.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Communicate current environmental issues to a scientific/non-scientific audience

2.

Discuss the role of various environment-related government and non- government organisations.

3.
Identify the role of the individual in pollution and pollution prevention.
4.

Plan and execute an environmental survey and present the information gained to a scientific/non scientific audience.

5.
Discuss the role of the environmental scientist in modern life.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The students will be exposed to a blend of learning activities e.g. lectures, site visits independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address various student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material e.g. powerpoint presentations and supplementary reading material) and a means of assessment (e.g. uploading assignments and journals).

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Module Assessment Strategies

During the delivery of this module, self-learning is encouraged among students through the use of comprehensive on-line resources including voice-supported presentations and on-line notes. Regular summative tests are used to encourage engagement with the module, monitor progress and provide feedback. This approach enables the student to take timely corrective action, in the event of failure to achieve the required standard, before the results significantly impact on the final grade.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment, where relevant, will involve assignment and/or short tests that provides evidence that the student has met the subject and topic learning outcomes to the required standard.

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Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
None
Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

Global issues (e.g. global warming, fuel crisis, ozone depletion, deforestation, desertification, pressure on water resources, etc.)

Role of environment-related government and non-government organisations.

Resource demands and waste streams from centres of population. 

Undertaking an environmental survey.

Profile of an environmental scientist and relationship with other environmental stakeholders.

 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Site visits, Q & A sessions, debate Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Exhibition (Poster presentation) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % Week 6 1,2,3
3 Project (Survey) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % Week 9 1,4
4 Short answer questions Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % OnGoing 2,3,5

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom (lectures and site visits) 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Computer Laboratory Research, preparing and conducting survey, preparartion of poster presentation 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Research, reflection and reading course notes) 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Pearce, F. (2007)  When the Rivers Run Dry: Water-the Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century. Beacon Press

Huber, P.W. and Mills, M.P (2005) ‘The Bottomless Well- the twilight of fuel, the virtue of waste and why we will never run out of energy'  Technology and Engineering

Spray, S.L. (2006)  Tropical Deforestation . Rowman and Littlefield Publishers

Geist, Helmut (2005) The Causes and Progression of Desertification.  Ashgate Publishing Limited

McMullan, R. (2002) Environmental Science in Builings, 5th Edition.  Palgrave MacMillan, Hampshire, England

Other Resources

Access to computer suite for two hours research per week

Bus trip

Additional Information

None