BS371-12 Environmental Science and Management
The module gives students with a predominantly cell and molecular biology background the opportunity to gain a scientific and interdisciplinary perspective of the earth, changes to its climate and environment and species responses to disturbances. The specific aims of the module are to examine major environmental issues and possible solutions to some of them, to translate into reality the ideas and theory and concepts learned through assessing and considering data and environmental states across the world.
By the end of the module students should be able to understand the concept of environmental degradation and global change and the role of human populations in environmental change especially climate change. They should also understand how natural processes can influence a changing climate as well as feedback loops and tipping points. They should have an understanding of the use of remote and in-situ technologies for natural resource measurement and different approaches to environmental problem solving. As part of this problem solving will include the principles and practice of conservation techniques and environmental management.
This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.
The following topics will be included
Natural events and processes
Space time interactions
Rapid field assessment and Monitoring systems
Case studies (these will be changed annually to match recent well-publicised events).
Conservation and Protected areas
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- Understand the concept of environmental degradation and global change.
- Understand the role of human populations in environmental change especially climate change.
- Understand the use of remote and in-situ technologies for natural resource measurement
- Understand the principles and practice of conservation techniques including the use of protected areas
- Understand different approaches to environmental problem solving.
Indicative reading list
Environmental Management Barrow CG (1999)
Climate Change 2001: Synthesis Report. IPCC (2001)
Living in the Environment: Principles, Connections and Solutions Miller GT (2004)
More use will be expected of current primary literature.
Subject specific skills
a. Demonstrate clear understanding of the scientific topic
b. Contain evidence of extended reading and lateral integration of material not covered in the lectures
c. Demonstrate independent thought and deep understanding
d. Specifically answer the set question using information from multiple lectures and sources
e. Be structured and formatted in a way that demonstrates understanding and logical flow
f. Use multiple sources to construct complex scientific arguments and integrating these to build and develop the student's own scientific conclusions.
- Critical appraisal of source material
- Self directed learning
- Adult learning
|Lectures||20 sessions of 1 hour (17%)|
|Private study||100 hours (83%)|
Private study description
100 hrs self-study and directed reading
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.
Assessment group D
Feedback on assessment
Pastoral meetings with personal tutor
This module is Core for:
- Year 3 of UBSA-3 Undergraduate Biological Sciences
This module is Optional for:
- Year 4 of ULFA-C113 Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Placement Year)
- Year 3 of ULFA-C1A5 Undergraduate Biological Sciences with Industrial Placement (MBio)
This module is Option list A for:
UBSA-3 Undergraduate Biological Sciences
- Year 3 of C100 Biological Sciences
- Year 3 of C105 Biological Sciences with Molecular Genetics
- Year 3 of C107 Biological Sciences with Virology
- Year 3 of ULFA-C1A1 Undergraduate Biological Sciences (MBio)
UBSA-4 Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Intercalated Year)
- Year 4 of C111 Biological Sciences with Cell Biology (with Intercalated Year)
- Year 4 of C101 Biological Sciences with Intercalated Year
- Year 4 of C109 Biological Sciences with Microbiology (with Intercalated Year)
- Year 4 of C108 Biological Sciences with Molecular Genetics ( with Intercalated Year)
- Year 4 of C110 Biological Sciences with Virology (with Intercalated Year)
This module is Option list B for:
UBSA-3 Undergraduate Biological Sciences
- Year 3 of C102 Biological Sciences with Cell Biology
- Year 3 of C104 Biological Sciences with Microbiology