Study Abroad and Exchanges



GEO1022 : Environmental Issues (Semester 2 for Exchange Students)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module introduces key concepts in geography, earth science and environmental science. It encourages reflection on the natural and human processes affecting and affected by the natural global environment. Strategies for prevention and mitigation of a range of environmental issues will be presented.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Environmental issues: overview of environmental science and Earth’s physical system
2.       Biodiversity: ecological principles, evolution, conservation management
3.       Environmental degradation: global environmental change, pollution, waste
4.       Natural resource security: terrestrial and water resources, energy, minerals
5.       Geohazards: flooding, glacial outbursts, earthquakes, volcanoes
6.       Human societies: human population, ancient civilisations, geopolitics

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching23:006:00Practical lab (individual)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Problem-based learning (Group)
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity180:0080:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The dominant teaching method is the comprehensive, well-illustrated and up-to-date lecture, heavily backed by widely available texts, and by use of the media. This delivers a new intellectual milieu, new techniques of thought (e.g. ecosystems) but also new responsibilities to take a critical approach to science/ society interaction. A series of small problem-based learning exercises will be used to support the lecture materials, encourage engagement with the scientific literature, and develop study skills. These will contribute to the two summative assessments (submitted in semester 1 and 2).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002000 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Essay will test some of the knowledge outcomes, furthermore this method of assessment helps the development of writing skills.

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