ENVR06089 2019 Introduction to Environmental Science

General Details

Full Title
Introduction to Environmental Science
Transcript Title
Introduction to Environmental
Code
ENVR06089
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
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Frances Lucy, Lisa Cronin, Ann-Marie Duddy
Programme Membership
SG_SSUST_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Sustainable Food Production SG_SAGRI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SENVI_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SAGRI_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SSCIE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science SG_SAGRI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SENVI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SSCIE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science SG_SSCIE_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in 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

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

Global issues (e.g. biodiversity loss, global warming/climate change, fuel crisis, deforestation, desertification, pressure on water resources, etc.)

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

-Some examples include Environmental Protection Agency. Local authorities,  An Bord Pleanala, Teagasc, Cre, Birdwatch Ireland, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Marine Institute, Whale and Dolphin Society, 

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

-Resource demands and waste streams from centres of population. 

-Water/Air/Soil Pollution

-Water and Wastewater treatment

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

- Designing and Undertaking an environmental survey.

-Survey methods

-Data collation and presenting results and findings

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

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

-Typical jobs in environmental science

 

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 Performance Evaluation - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Exhibition (Poster presentation) Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % Week 6 1,2,3
3 Project (Survey) Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % Week 9 1,4
4 Short answer questions (x 2 tests) Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % OnGoing 2,3,5

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 Builidngs, 5th Edition.  Palgrave MacMillan, Hampshire, England

Journal Resources

Students will be directed to applicable journals where appropriate. 

URL Resources

https://www.epa.ie

https://www.seai.ie

​​​​​​​https://www.cre.ie

​​​​​​​https://www.dccae.gov. ie

​​​​​​​https://www.teagasc.ie

​​​​​​​https://www.irishstatuebook.ie

https://www.eea.europa.eu/

 

Other Resources

Access to computer suite for two hours research per week

Bus trip

Additional Information

None