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BS371-15 Environmental Science and Management

Department
Life Sciences
Level
Undergraduate Level 3
Module leader
Kevin Purdy
Credit value
15
Module duration
10 weeks
Assessment
Multiple
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

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.

Module aims

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.

Outline syllabus

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 Biodiversity Environmental disturbance Global change Rapid field assessment and Monitoring systems Case studies (these will be changed annually to match recent well-publicised events). Conservation and Protected areas

Learning outcomes

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)

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

Transferable skills
  1. Critical appraisal of source material
  2. Self directed learning
  3. Adult learning

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 20 sessions of 1 hour (11%)
Private study 130 hours (68%)
Assessment 40 hours (21%)
Total 190 hours
Private study description

130 hrs of self-study and directed reading to prepare for the open book assessment

Costs

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 A
Weighting Study time
Group Poster 20% 20 hours

Group poster

Open Book Assessment 80% 20 hours

Final assessment for the module will be on open book assessment. This is an essay based assessment consisting of 4 questions- students need to answer 2. The essays cannot be answered using lecture notes alone- students will need to perform background research and essays will need to be fully referenced.

Assessment group R
Weighting Study time
Open Book Assessment 100%

Final assessment for the module will be on open book assessment. This is an essay based assessment consisting of 4 questions- students need to answer 2. The essays cannot be answered using lecture notes alone- students will need to perform background research and essays will need to be fully referenced.

Feedback on assessment

Pastoral meetings with personal tutor

Courses

This module is Core optional for:

  • UIPA-C1L8 Undergraduate Life Sciences and Global Sustainable Development
    • Year 3 of C1L8 Life Sciences and Global Sustainable Development
    • Year 3 of C1L8 Life Sciences and Global Sustainable Development

This module is Optional for:

  • Year 3 of UBSA-3 Undergraduate Biological Sciences
  • Year 3 of ULFA-C1A1 Undergraduate Biological Sciences (MBio)
  • Year 4 of UBSA-4 Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Intercalated Year)
  • Year 4 of ULFA-C113 Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Placement Year)
  • Year 3 of ULFA-C1A5 Undergraduate Biological Sciences with Industrial Placement (MBio)