PHYS06009 2013 ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSICAL SCIENCE

General Details

Full Title
ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSICAL SCIENCE
Transcript Title
ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSICAL SCIENC
Code
PHYS06009
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
PHYS - Physics
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Billy Fitzgerald, Carmel Moran
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_H08 201400 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SENER_B07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Energy, Sustainability SG_SAGRI_G06 000000 Higher Certificate in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SAGRI_B07 201700 Bachelor of Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SENVI_B07 201700 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SAGRI_B07 201800 Bachelor of Science in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SAGRI_H08 201800 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science
Description

Selected fundamental principles of Physics are introduced and their application to aspects of the physical environment are explored.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Describe and discuss a range of basic fundamental physical concepts, laws and principles which govern and give meaning to our environment and universe.

2.

To explain and present and communicate selected environmental physical phenomena in proper, clear, technical/scientific terms.

3.

State and explain physical laws and definitions related to waves, light, electricity, energy, sound and radiation in the environment.

4.

Interpret and solve physical/numerical problems related to waves, light, electricity, energy, sound and radiation in the environment.

5.

To apply scientific/laboratory techniques of experimenting, measuring, data evaluation, presentation of results, and drawing inferences from these results.

6.

Communicate and present scientific information in a variety of forms.

Module Assessment Strategies

A final exam is designed to test the ability of the student to retain and interpret the information obtained during the course.

Continuous assessment will provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate the learning outcomes and monitor the student's progress.

Laboratory skills and report writing ability are assessed as part of the practical element of the module and provide ongoing opportunities to demonstrate learning outcomes.

Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
None
Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

Waves in nature

Light in the universe

Sound and noise

Energy and Heat

Electricity

The EM Spectrum, Radiation and Radioactivity

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,6
2 Practical Evaluation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % OnGoing 2,4,5,6
             

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Theory Final Exam UNKNOWN 40 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,6
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture and Problem Based Learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Physics Practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Independent Learning 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Smith C. (2001) Environmental Physics. Routledge.

Bloomfield L. A. (2005) How Everything Works: The Physics of Everyday Life. Wiley

McFarland, E. L. (2001) Energy, physics and the environment. Thomson Learning.

Monteith J. and Unsworth, M. (2007) Principles of Environmental Physics. Academic Press,

O'Dea, J. (1997) Exposure, Living with radiation in Ireland. Irish Reporter Publications

O'Regan, D. (2000) Real World Physics, 1st edition. Folens Dublin

Giancoli, D. C. (2004) Physics: Principles with Applications, 6th edition. Prentice Hall New Jersey

Walker, J. S. 2007, Physics, 3rd edition. Prentice Hall

Other Resources

None

Additional Information

A minimum attendance of 75% is required in order to meet the learning outcome of the practical component of this module.