ENVR09036 2019 Environmental Systems

General Details

Full Title
Environmental Systems
Transcript Title
Environmental Systems
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Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
09 - NFQ Level 9
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Ann-Marie Duddy, Margaret Savage, Cait Coyle, Declan Feeney
Programme Membership
SG_SENVP_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SENVP_M09 201900 Master of Science in Environmental Protection

This module describes living and non‑living components of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems which are used to interpret the human impact on ecological systems at both local, national and international levels.  It will provide the student with a deeper understanding of the role ecological processes play in regulating and managing the earths resources.  It will provided a comprehensive understanding of the ecological value of systems provided by natural capital amd the earths ecosystem services.


Learning Outcomes

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


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


Evaluate and interpret the fundamentals and interactions of a broad range of natural ecosystems (e.g. terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine, coastal and marine ecosystems and habitats)


Devise and execute an independent assessment of environmental impacts associated with anthropogenic activities and pollution pathways in a natural ecosystem (e.g. river system, peatland, coastal sand dune system)


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


Appraise and evaluate the application of current and proposed environmental legislation in the management of environmental systems 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered part‑time. This will include lectures, practicals, and site visits augmented by independent learning and directed learning. A two‑day workshop will provide practical experience of instrumentation. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment.

There will be a number of MCQs given during the module. Practice‑based assignments will be given with components addressing the topics covered in the syllabus. 

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam

Indicative Syllabus

The Earth and Earth surface processes

Soils science and soil management

Introduction to ecology, biodiversity,  ecosystem services and natural capitol

Ecosystem processes, including an introduction to terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems

The application of legislation and other tools and measures in the management of ecosystems

Anthropogenic activities, climate change and its impacts on a range of ecosystem

Biodiversity and ecosystem conservation management

Invasive species, threats, impacts and mitigation measures

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Multiple Choice Quizz (MCQ) Session Continuous Assessment Open Book Exam 10 % Week 4 1,2,5
2 Written Report - Critical Evaluation of Human Impacts on Ecosystems Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % Week 6 1,2,4
3 Individual Assignment for Earth Science Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % Week 10 1,5
4 Environmental Systems Assignment Continuous Assessment Project 40 % Week 12 3,4,6

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified On Line Lecture / Self Study Manual 2.0 Weekly 2.00
Workshop Not Specified Site Visit, Lectures, Practical 7.5 Once Per Semester 0.50
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning 1.5 Weekly 1.50
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Study 10.0 Weekly 10.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
Earth W.H. Freeman.

Recommended Reading
Methods of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Taylor & Francis Ltd

Recommended Reading
Introduction To Environmental Impact Assessment Taylor & Francis Ltd

Recommended Reading
Natural Capital : Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services Oxford University Press

Recommended Reading
Climate Change : What Everyone Needs to Know Oxford University Press Inc

Module Resources

Journal Resources

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URL Resources

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Other Resources

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Additional Information

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