This module expands the content of the introduction course “Introduction to Environmental Science’, but has a greater emphasis on the effect of human on the environment as well as how the environment impact on human health.
The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an understanding of the interactive relationship between humans and the environment and be able to recognise the main impacts of humans on the environment and the routes by which human health is affected by the environment.
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Students understand the most important sources of natural and anthropogenic GHGs, their timescale and what does not get covered by international treaties
2. Explain how the IPCC scientific reports are constructed (learning about the principles of peer reviewed science, the role of organisations and stakeholders in managing the human impact on ecosystems).
3. Understand the concept of environmental health and how this can be quantified
4. Explain how principles of toxicology pertain to environmental health science
5. Identify a range of chemical and physical hazards in common environments and describe the pathways by which humans are exposed.
6. Develop and understanding of micro-organisms in the environment, the cycles of disease transmission and role of demography and epidemiology in ill health
1 Human impact on the environment
Pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, growing energy demands.
2 Processes underpinning climate change
Identify natural and human processes underpinning climate change and understand how to differentiate these two sources of change.
3 Introduction to environmental health
Quantitative methods, monitoring, control measures, regulations.
4 Chemical and physical hazards in common environments
Identify a range of chemical and physical hazards in common environments and describe the pathways by which humans are exposed and understanding of the physiological responses.
5 Micro-organisms in the environment
Develop an understanding of micro-organisms in the environment, the cycles of disease transmission and role of demography and epidemiology in ill health.
Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment
There will be lectures and tutorials. Tutorials are suited for more ‘higher order thinking’ and for students to make connections between the content. Lectures will therefore cover the scientific principles, while in the tutorials the students will discuss about this content through assigned activities. The discussions in the tutorials will thus help students achieve the intended learning outcomes.
Teaching and Learning Work Loads
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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 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.