ENVR06089 2019 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.
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.
Plan and execute an environmental survey and present the information gained to a scientific/non scientific audience.
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.
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 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.
-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
|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|
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
Students will be directed to applicable journals where appropriate.
Access to computer suite for two hours research per week