General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
Env Systems
N/A %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
09 - NFQ Level 9
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Margaret Savage, Cait Coyle, Frances Lucy
Programme Membership
SG_SENVP_M09 201300 Master of Science in Environmental Protection SG_SWATE_S09 201400 Level 9 Certificate in Science SG_SENVP_O09 201400 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Science in Environmental Protection

This module describes living and non-living components of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, which are used to interpret man’s impacts on systems at both local and global levels.

Learning Outcomes

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


Review the facts, concepts and principles associated with edaphic environmental processes.


Classify, distinguish between and demonstrate knowledge of terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems and habitats.


Conduct an independent assessment of environmental impacts associated with anthropogenic activities and pollution pathways in river systems


 Apply concepts and skills to interpret potential and actual disturbances to ecosystems on both local and global scales


Appraise current key issues impacting on ecosystems at a global level


Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of relevant areas of environmental legislation 

Indicative Syllabus

1. The Earth and Earth surface processes

2. Soils

3. Atmospheric systems and meteorology

4. Introduction to ecology, biodiversity and ecosystems

5. Terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems

6. Impacts of anthropogenic activities (forestry, mining, urbanisation, wind farms and agriculture) on ecosystems.

7. Conservation management/biodiversity/invasive species.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Multiple Choice Three MCQ sessions Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5,6
2 Practical Evaluation River sampling and report Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % Week 8 3
3 Individual Project Earth Science Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % Week 10 1,6
4 Written Report Critical report on human impacts on ecosystems Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 12 2,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,2,4,5,6

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Online On-line lectures/manuals/assigned reading/summative and formative quizzes 6 Weekly 6.00
Workshop Science Laboratory Workshop 10 UNKNOWN 10.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Researching, reading and reflecting 120 UNKNOWN 120.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 16.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Manuals associated with this module

Other Resources

Adobe Connect – Live Lecture Room Software

IT Sligo Learn On-line Moodle Webpage

Current up to date web browser (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer)

Additional Information

There are two workshops in this Module that participants are encouraged to attend.