ENVR06059 2020 Introduction to Environmental Science
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. The module also includes practical laboratory based experience of Data Management Systems.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Communicate current environmental issues to a scientific/non-scientific audience
Discuss the role of various environment-related government and non- government organisations.
Identify the role of the individual in pollution and pollution prevention.
Demonstrate an ability to design, compile, and interrogate a data management system.
Discuss the role of the environmental scientist and their relationship with other environmental stakeholders.
Prepare a scientific report based on a visit to a selected site of environmental significance (e.g. WTP, WWTP, fisheries site, waste management facility etc)
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).
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 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.
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.
Profile of an environmental scientist and relationship with other environmental stakeholders.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Short answer questions||Continuous Assessment||Assessment||30 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,5|
|2||DBMS Test 1||Continuous Assessment||Closed Book Exam||15 %||Week 6||4|
|3||Site visit report||Continuous Assessment||Written Report||10 %||Week 9||6|
|4||DBMS Test 2||Continuous Assessment||Closed Book Exam||15 %||Week 12||4|
|5||Poster presentation||Continuous Assessment||Assignment||30 %||Week 13||1,2,5|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Lecture||Flat Classroom||(lectures and site visits)||2||Weekly||2.00|
|Laboratory Practical||Computer Laboratory||Data management Systems||2||Weekly||2.00|
|Independent Learning||UNKNOWN||Research, reflection and reading course notes)||3||Weekly||3.00|
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
Access to computer suite for two hours practical each week