The module provides an introduction to environmental science for students with varied academic backgrounds and interests (e.g. biologists, engineers, etc.), in which the underlying biology, ecology, chemistry, and human factors driving environmental change are introduced.
The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an introduction to the key concepts and themes in biology, ecology, chemistry, and anthropomorphic factors, which are essential for a broad understanding of modern environmental science.
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Describe biological diversity in the context of ecosystems (including local geology), niches and ecological roles, and how key species can be identified and monitored.
2. Explain how species interact in ecosystems using webs and trophic interactions, and how disturbances can affect the entire system.
3. Describe nutrient cycles and how key chemicals can be assayed. Explain the prevalence and cycling of pollutants.
4. Explain how human activities affect ecosystems, webs and biocheochemical cycles, and how this has a long-term impact on environments.
5. Appreciate how biology, ecology, chemistry and anthropomorphic factors are linked and integrated in environmental science.
1 Biological diversity
Biological diversity, understanding how species are identified, niches and ecological roles.
2 The importance of ecosystems
The importance of ecosystems, webs and trophic interactions in an ecological context.
3 Understanding ecosystems
Understanding ecosystems in the context of local geology, topography and hydrology.
4 Role of nutrient cycles
The role of nutrient cycles and impact of pollutants in the environment; analytical technics for quantifying key chemicals.
5 Biogeochemical processes
Biogeochemical processes, nutrient cycles; interconnectedness of spheres (atmosphere, biosphere, ocean sphere, cryosphere, geosphere).
Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment
This module will be delivered through a series of lectures, tutorials and a whole-day field trip in which the interactions between landscapes, biology and human activity will be investigated. The tutorials will be used to support the field trip and extended reading for individual students. Assessment will be through a single examination at the end of the module.
Teaching and Learning Work Loads
|Supervised Practical Activity||8|
|Unsupervised Practical Activity||0|
Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.
We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2017/18 , and may be subject to change for future years.