ENVR06085 2020 Environmental Enquiry Based Learning 1

General Details

Full Title
Environmental Enquiry Based Learning 1
Transcript Title
Environmental Enquiry Based Le
100 %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Noel Connaughton, Margaret Savage
Programme Membership
SG_SECOL_B07 202000 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with Ecology SG_SECOL_H08 202000 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science with Ecology SG_SECOL_C06 202000 Higher Certificate in Science in Environmental Science with Ecology

This module provides an opportunity for students to work in groups and to practice transferable skills.  The student will integrate and apply the knowledge in scenarios that are designed to draw on, expand and develop their understanding of issues and content associated with other Modules in the semester and with programme outcomes.


Learning Outcomes

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


Identify knowledge gaps and source and undertake self‑learning to fill the gaps.


Participate effectively in a structured team environment.


Collaboratively solve cross disciplinary problems and reflect on their learning experiences.


Employ and interpret scientific data to solve Environmental scenarios.


Communicate information in a range of formats to a variety of audiences.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment. The approach provides a learning strategy based on research-focused processes where the students investigate questions or problems of wide scope. They must use evidence-based reasoning and creative problem-solving to reach a conclusion, which they defend or present.

This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources.

Module Assessment Strategies

The module comprises a number scenarios, typically running over a period of three weeks each, in which the students apply knowledge to solve the question or problem. Normally this will be achieved in a group setting. in which students are collectively & individually responsible to deliver their work in a professional manner according to agreed criteria & timeline(s). These Include, but are not restricted to: case studies; research projects; data handling analysis and recommendations; interviews; oral presentations; production of written information/awareness raising documents, employer-focussed reports, policy recommendations.

Students are given clear instructions at the beginning of each scenario outlining the particular issue. The marking scheme for each scenario includes marks for both process and product mark.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment

Indicative Syllabus

Transferrable skills building

  • Group dynamics and team building
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Evaluation of the learning process
  • Reading and reviewing skills

Scenarios mainly, but not restricted to, integration of content associated with the other subjects in this and previous semesters.

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Environmental regulation
  • Water Quality
  • Climate change 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Scenario 1 Continuous Assessment Group Project 25 % Week 3 2,3,5
2 Scenario 2 Continuous Assessment Group Project 25 % Week 6 2,3,5
3 Scenario 3 Continuous Assessment Assignment 25 % Week 9 1,4
4 Scenario 4 Continuous Assessment Group Project 25 % Week 12 1,2,3,4,5
5 Facilitated group activities and feedback on group and individual performance Formative Assessment - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Problem Based Learning Flat Classroom Scenario 4 Weekly 4.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Scenario-based Research 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2009-12-14 Presentation Skills (Crisp Fifty-Minute Books) CRiSP
ISBN 1426004877 ISBN-13 9781426004872
Recommended Reading
2013-10-01 Academic Writing Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN 1443850543 ISBN-13 9781443850544
Recommended Reading
2016-11-28 Writing at Work: Strategies for today's coworkers, clients, and customers (The Write It Well Series on Business Communication) Advanced Communication Designs, Inc
ISBN 0982447183 ISBN-13 9780982447185

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Journal Resources


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Other Resources

Flat classroom, computers, travel to site

Additional Information